First, it was a jackfruit. Now, it is a stolen bulb. Just months after an MP set police after jackfruit thieves, another former MP has called police to catch a bulb thief.
Police are on their toes once again after a bulb has gone missing from the Ferozeshah Road residence of former Lok Sabha MP Sansuma Bwiswmuthiary.
Bwiswmuthiary, a former Lok Sabha MP from Kokrajhar in Assam, has lodged an FIR over the theft. His police complaint says there were two bulbs at the gate of his residence. One has been stolen. Police have deputed a sub-inspector to catch the thief.
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Police said the former MP and Bodoland People’s Front leader, who was out of the city, detected the theft when he returned to Delhi on Friday.
“I informed police immediately after noticing the missing bulb. I am not sure when it was stolen and whether it happened when I was inside my residence. Earlier, I was given two PSOs (Personal Security Officers), but that has now been withdrawn. It’s only a bulb, but the thieves could have entered my residence and harmed people,” Bwiswmuthiary told Newsline.
Police said they were investigating the case. “For the past one year, we have been registering FIRs in all cases. That is the directive by the current police chief. We do not look at the profile of the complainant. It is a case of theft and we are working to solve it,” a police officer said.
In June, two jackfruit had gone missing from JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Mahendra Prasad’s No. 4, Tughlaq Road bungalow.
In that case, police had dispatched a team from its fingerprints bureau and one from its crime investigating department to the MP’s bungalow.
More than 10 officers had scoured the garden for clues. Fingerprints were lifted from the garden and the backyard to establish the path the thieves might have taken.
The MP’s staff – a gardener, security guards and domestic help – living in quarters not far from the scene of crime were questioned.
As police launched a manhunt for the kathal thieves, investigators had feared the worst. “They must have been cooked and eaten,” an officer had said then of the theft. “The two jackfruit weighed 10 kg each,” he said. The thieves must have been hungry, he guessed.