A 19-year-old boy from Manipur was behind the theft at a school in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar in February, the Special Task Force of South District Police claimed on Monday.
The boy, identified as Rohul Moirangthem, was responsible for the theft of Rs 12,500 and two cell phones from the principal’s room at the Holy Child Auxilium School, said the police.
Incidentally, Rohul had been arrested earlier on May 29, along with his friends, for allegedly committing theft at his own school, Mount Carmel in South Campus. The STF is also looking for two more persons in connection with the theft.
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During interrogation, Rohul reportedly disclosed that he decided to target his own school — Mount Carmel School — after he failed to clear the Accounts exam in Class 12.
“He said that he often visited Vasant Vihar market, along with his friends, to watch movies. On the night of February 12, after consuming alcohol, he, along with his two friends, scaled the walls of Holy Child Auxilium School and committed the theft. He also revealed that they attempted to burgle the DTEA government school in Nanak Pura about a month ago,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, South, Prem Nath.
During the investigation, police went through the CCTV footage of Holy Child Auxilium School. The footage suggested that the accused, wearing masks, had scaled the walls of the school, damaged cameras and committed burglary, but they had left the sacred symbols and photographs untouched, said Prem Nath.
“During investigation, a team from the CFSL (Central Forensic Science Laboratory) lifted 26 prints from different places in the principal’s room. While the probe was going on, a similar incident was reported from Mount Carmel School in May, in connection with which three persons, including Rohul, were apprehended,” he added.
The DCP added that as the modus-operandi in both cases was similar, the fingerprints of the accused in the Mount Carmel School theft were sent to the lab for comparison.
“Reports of chance prints in both incidents matched that of Rohul Moirangthem. On receipt of this critical scientific evidence, the STF team, under the supervision of Inspector Rajendra Singh, started searching for Rohul, who had been granted bail in the Mount Carmel case and had gone back to Manipur, He was called in connection with South Campus case and was subsequently put under arrest on July 11,” added Prem Nath.