In the high-security New Delhi area, Bungalow number 7 on Feroz Shah Road appears to be popular with thieves.
Last month, a bulb was stolen from the main gate of the bungalow, which is the official residence of former Lok Sabha MP from Assam Sansuma K Bwismuthiary. While the mystery of the stolen bulb is yet to be solved, police have a new task at hand — the theft of four “expensive” dresses from the same house.
Like in the bulb theft case, a sub-inspector from Parliament Street police station has been assigned to investigate the case.
Police said they had been informed of the theft on August 26 by Praveen Baruah, a friend of the former MP who was staying in the bungalow last week.
In his complaint, Baruah alleged that he suspected the involvement of labourers who had gone to the house with officials of the Directorate of Estate, Nirman Bhawan.
According to Baruah’s complaint, the officials had gone to the bungalow to inspect it as the former MP is in the process of surrendering the government bungalow.
“I was staying there as a guest for 3-4 days. When the officials, along with labourers, went to the house on August 25, I was not at home. The employees have told us that some of the labourers were at the bungalow when the domestic help took officials to the servant quarters for an inspection. I had bought cotton clothes and three other dresses, which were kept in the room outside. After keeping the dresses in the packet, I had left the house that day,” Baruah said.
After staying the night at a friend’s place, Baruah returned to the house on August 26 and noticed that the clothes were missing.
“I had not even worn those dresses. One was a cotton shirt and they were all tailored. I have told police that I suspect the role of the labourers. I learnt about the theft of the bulb last month but my clothes were stolen in broad daylight. This is serious,” he said.
While the FIR registered at Parliament Street Police station mentions four dresses being stolen, Baruah alleged that an old fan from the house was also missing.
“I did not bother to report the theft of the table fan as it is an old item. But my clothes were new. I texted him (Bwismuthiary) about the theft because he is in Assam, in the middle of the crisis.”
On Baruah’s complaint, police have registered an FIR under Section 380 of the Indian Penal Code.
Sansuma Bwismuthiary is a leader of the Bodoland People’s Front and was a Lok Sabha MP in the 15th Lok Sabha.