Millions of rupees looted from Delhi businessman’s house

July 10th, 2008 - 11:11 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) A 52-year-old businessman’s house here was Thursday robbed of cash and jewellery worth millions, police said. Unidentified robbers early Thursday entered the Sainik Farm house of Jeetesh Virmani, 52, by breaking the bathroom grills on the ground floor.

The burglars took nearly Rs.200,000 in cash and silver and diamond jewellery worth hundreds of thousands rupees from a closet before escaping, the family said.

Virmani, who owns a factory of car accessories in Noida, and his wife were sleeping in the next room.

Virmani’s sons live on the first and second floor of the house.

Virmani said the burglars had stolen jewellery worth Rs. 2.5 million and even took the money that was lying in his trouser pocket.

“We had gone to bed around 12.30 a.m. till then everything was fine. When I woke up around 3 a.m. the house was ransacked. We do not know when the house was burgled,” Virmani told reporters.

Police said a case of theft has been registered and search was on to nab the accused.

In a separate incident, unidentified robbers struck at three flats in Sriniwas Puri area of nurses working with the Sadfarjung Hospital and stole cash and jewellery.

The police said three flats of the Nurses Apartments were burgled in a span of two hours Thursday afternoon. A total of Rs.1.2 million including jewellery were reported missing from these apartments.

“When I returned from hospital, I found locks broken and Rs.80,000 in cash was missing along with the some jewellery,” said one of the victims, Mary George Kutti.

Kammo Devi, another victim, said her house was left unattended for 45 minutes when the robbers struck.

“I left my house and returned within 45 minutes and saw the house was ransacked. There has been similar incidents of thefts in the past, but it seems that police have no time to take any action on it,” she said.

The police said a case has been registered and investigations were on.

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