The Chandigarh police have arrested four people for stealing four heritage study chairs from the General Hostel Sector 15-B two weeks ago. The heritage chairs were recovered earlier after the accused revealed that they hid the chairs in the hostel premises six days after the theft.
Those arrested have been identified as Naresh Kumar, a Sector-41 resident, Rajesh and Santosh Kumar, both hailing from Dhanas village, along with Anil Kumar, a resident of Sector 56. Another accused Krishania, brother of Anil is still at large. Police said that while Rajesh drives an auto, Santosh is a junk picker. According to the police, on October 15 a case was registered on the complaint of Dr Jatinder God, Warden of General Hostel, that someone had stolen four heritage study chairs from there on the intervening night of October 9 and 10.
During the investigation, police said the accused Rajesh had seen four heritage chairs lying in the hostel on October 5. “He disclosed about these heritage chairs to Santosh who then informed about them to Kishania and his brother Anil. The the two brothers then stole the chairs from the hostel,” police said.
“On the same day Krishania and Anil called Rajesh and Santosh and they sold these four heritage chairs to them for Rs 40,000(each costing Rs10,000,)” the police said. “Rajesh and Santosh then tried to finalise the deal through Naresh, a Panchkula-based dealer for Rs 25,000 each but the deal was finalized for Rs 22,000 each (total Rs 88,000),” police further informed. The police statement further stated that Naresh handed over these chairs to the Panchkula dealer. “The transportation of the chairs were made in a mini-vehicle,” the police said, adding that because of fear of the police the chairs were kept in the premises of the hostel on intervening night of October 16 and 17. During the investigation, it also came to light that the Panchkula dealer has links with dealers in Mumbai involved in selling such heritage furniture abroad at a high price. “Further investigation is going on to arrest the main dealers,” police said.