To celebrate Diwali with his son in Dubai, a retired Army brigadier left India with his wife on October 28. However, within the next four days, the brigadier rushed back to Delhi after he was informed that his house had been ransacked.
Four unidentified men barged into retired brigadier B K Khanna’s house in Ashok Vihar and decamped with cash, gold and silver ornaments worth around Rs 1.5 crore, said police.
Initially, an FIR was registered at Bharat Nagar police station on November 2, but after the intervention of Delhi Police Commissioner, the case has been transferred to the crime branch.
The brigadier’s 86-year-old mother-in-law and her sister were staying at the house while the family was away, said a police officer. On the day of the incident, they had left to attend a ‘bhajan sandhya’ nearby. A complaint in the matter was submitted by Khanna’s mother-in-law, Swaraj Kapoor.
“I, along with my wife, left the country on October 28 to celebrate Diwali with our son in Dubai. My mother-in-law, who recently came back from the US, was staying at our home with her sister,” said Khanna, who retired from the BSF as DIG, after working with the Army for 32 years.
The complainant, Swaraj, told police that on November 1, she along with her sister Santosh Khanna (83) had left around 4 pm to attend a bhajan sandhya nearby.
“After returning around 6 pm, she found the main door lock broken. The door was ajar and the house ransacked. A PCR call was made and personnel from Bharat Nagar police station rushed to the spot,” a senior police officer said.
A team visited the spot and a forensics team was also called in to lift fingerprints and footprints from the house. “During the spot visit, police found a CCTV camera, installed in the adjacent house, which shows that after both the sisters left the home, a man came and rang the bell. A few minutes later, another man arrived, who was talking over phone, and two others joined them. They barged into the house after breaking the lock and decamped with cash, gold and silver ornaments worth around Rs 1.5 crore,” the officer said.
“I called some of my batchmates and approached the police chief. Now the case has been transferred to crime branch. We were not registered with the senior citizien cell earlier, but after the incident, we have registered ourselves,” Khanna said.