Burglars steal Nataraja idols among other things from Shashi Tharoor's official residence
The thieves scaled the wall of his official residence and entered his personal office after breaking down the front door
In what appears to be major flaw in VIP security in Lutyen's Delhi Congress MP Shashi Tharoor from Thiruvananthapuram former MOS External Affairs and HRD on 6 December has filed a burglary complaint at his residence 97 Lodi Estate in the well guarded lutyen's zone . The incident occurred in the early hours of 29 November.
Police are yet to identify the accused. After the complaint by Tharoor, a case has been filed under IPC section 380/457 (burglary).
Several valuable items including costly idols were stolen from Tharoor's official residence. An antique of an Nataraja idol, 12 small Ganesha idols, 10 small Hanuman idols, 12 32 GB pen drives, an internet dongle and Gandhi glasses given to him by PM Modi for his involvement in the Swachh Bharat campaign were stolen.
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.
According to Tharoor's complaint, the thieves scaled the wall of his official residence and entered his personal office after breaking down the front door. Following the incident, personnel from the Tughlak Road police station and the special staff reached the spot.
Tharoor’s staff told police that there was no forced entry or tampering of the locks at the main gate. The boundary wall is easy to scale from the pavement of the road.
Police have registered a case at the Tughlaq Road police station and launched an investigation.
Senior police officers said police control room vans in the New Delhi area have been ordered to increase patrolling on the roads at night and keep an eye on vagabonds, who often break into the houses of MPs and bureaucrats there.