The Delhi Police on Friday claimed that the vandalism of Holy Child Auxilium School, Vasant Kunj, reported in February, was carried out by a five-member gang of robbers. All five have been arrested. Police claimed that the gang had been committing thefts at several private schools across the city.
The incident, which was the sixth ‘attack’ on Christian establishments in the city in a span of three months, had snowballed into a controversy and had prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to summon Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi and order a crackdown on those involved in such incidents.
“The gang has carried out at least 30 such robberies in schools in every nook and corner of the city. They used to strike only in the first half of the month since they knew that the fee is collected during these days and the cash is kept in the principal’s room,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Prem Nath said.
The arrested have been identified as Gaurav (23), Sikandar (21), Dharmender (23), Vikas (21) and Pawan (23).
While Dharmender, Vikas and Pawan were arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) of South district on May 2, Gaurav and Sikandar, who were lodged in jail in a case of snatching, were brought on remand and arrested.
Prem Nath said Sikandar is an expert in breaking locks. “The incident took place on the intervening night of February 12. The locks of the principal’s and accountant’s rooms were broken and Rs 12,500 in cash and a few cellphones (confiscated from students) and kept in the drawer were stolen,” he said.
“We found that 105 schools were burgled in the last five years in Delhi. Later, we got a clue that a gang operated by one Babu Bengali was behind these incidents. Babu had escaped to South India to escape police,” Prem Nath said. In his absence, the gang was controlled by Gaurav and Pawan, police said.