Several valuable items, including idols and “copper Gandhi glasses” gifted to him by the Prime Minister, were stolen from Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor’s home in the early hours of November 29.
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.
Tharoor lives in Lodhi Estate in the well-guarded Lutyens’ Zone. Several Members of Parliament and VIPs live in the same area.
“Tharoor has requested Delhi Police to increase patrolling around his residence and take strict action against the accused,” a senior police officer of New Delhi district said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi district) Jatin Narwal said, “We have registered an FIR and an investigation is on.”
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,” the officer said.
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,” the officer said.