In a major security breach, Congress Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor’s residence in Delhi was burgled. Several valuable items, including idols and “copper Gandhi glasses” gifted to him by the Prime Minister, were stolen, an Indian Express report said. The incident took place in the early hours of November 29, the report said. Police are yet to identify the accused. Following a complaint by Tharoor, a case has been filed under IPC section 380/457 (burglary) at Tughlak Road police station and several teams of the New Delhi district special staff and the Crime Branch have been formed. According to Tharoor’s complaint, the thieves climbed the wall of his official residence and entered his personal office after breaking the front door. “The thieves took an antique Nataraja idol, 12 small Ganesha idols, and 10 small Hanuman idols. Several items were also lifted from inside Tharoor’s temple. Twelve 32 GB pen drives and an internet dongle were also stolen. According to the complaint, Tharoor was given the Gandhi glasses by the PM for his involvement in the Swachh Bharat campaign,” Notably, Tharoor lives in Lodhi Estate in the well-guarded Lutyens’ Zone. Several Members of Parliament and VIPs live in the same area.
Following the incident, personnel from the Tughlak Road police station and the special staff reached the spot. “A team visited the spot under the supervision of ACP (Chankyapuri sub-division) Alok Kumar. A forensics team was also called in to lift fingerprints and footprints,” the officer said, adding that Tharoor has specifically requested the police to recover the antique Nataraja idol.
Police said investigating officers have been asked by senior officers of the New Delhi district to swiftly track the accused. A special staff team of the New Delhi district has been roped in for this task. “After registering the case, police have started questioning security guards and drivers working in nearby residences and others living in the vicinity. Prima facie, it appears that the theft could be the handiwork of vagabonds,” police said.
Earlier this year, hours before an IPS officer was to move into his newly allotted residence in Lutyens’ zone, burglars allegedly broke in and decamped with jewellery worth around Rs 15 lakh and other valuable items he had kept in the house.