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Theft of heritage furniture: No headway, police question scrap dealers, guards

Sources said in the last few days, the police called scrap dealers for questioning.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 7, 2015 5:01 am

EVEN TWO weeks after the theft of heritage furniture from Le Corbusier Centre in Sector 19, the Chandigarh Police is groping in the dark . While in the past few days scrap dealers have been summoned and security guards questioned, the police are yet to get any leads in the case.

Sources said in the last few days, the police called scrap dealers for questioning. “Three scrap dealers of the city were called to the police station. We are now focusing on the people who deal in old furniture items in the city,” said a senior police officer.

The UT Police on Monday registered an FIR under Section 380 (theft in dwelling) of the Indian Penal Code at Sector 19 police station. The case was registered on the complaint of the director of the centre, Deepika Gandhi, who said that two heritage tables and eight cushioned V-shaped chairs had been missing from the Le Corbusier Centre since the intervening night of September 24 and 25.

The police officer said that they would continue questioning the scrap dealers and the security guards in the next coming days. “We have speeded up investigation to find the items,” said the officer. “We will again question the security staff and other people.”

Sources maintain that the police are facing difficulties to get a lead in the case due to several factors. “There were no CCTV cameras installed at the centre. We are trying to see if we can get some inputs from CCTV cameras installed in the area,” said a police official.

“It is confirmed that those who were responsible for the theft were well aware that the items could fetch a huge amount of money after selling them,” said an official, who is privy to the investigations.

SDPO (East) Guriqbal Singh Sidhu said the case was under investigation.

The management of the Le Corbusier Centre on Tuesday said additional security would be deployed and sensor motions would be installed at the centre.

“We would install six cameras and motion sensors at the centre very soon,” the director of the centre told Chandigarh Newsline. “In a day or two, UT Police will
provide police personnel for the security of the centre.”

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