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Peeping Tom in police custody, Lajpat Nagar store sealed

Police also conducted a raid at the Malviya Nagar residence of the accused, Pulkit Sanwal, and seized his laptop.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | March 25, 2015 3:25:41 am
van heusen, van heusen lajpat nagar, lajpat nagar delhi The store at Central Market, Lajpat Nagar. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

A day after the manager of the Van Heusen showroom in Southeast Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar area was arrested on charges of recording videos of a woman changing clothes inside the trial room, police have sealed the showroom and contacted the India head of the company to join probe, sources said.

Police also conducted a raid at the Malviya Nagar residence of the accused, Pulkit Sanwal, and seized his laptop. The laptop and his mobile phone have been sent to the FSL to recover deleted data and track the IP addresses from where the data was sent.


Sanwal is currently in police remand. “He confessed that he committed the crime and said that he was sorry he did it. He said he had tucked the phone into the gap of the trial room door after he saw the girl walking into the store alone. He said she was the only customer in the showroom at that time. We are now trying to ascertain if the man made such recordings of other customers as well and if he used it for personal consumption or commercial purposes. He is mum on these points,” a police officer said.

Sanwal, an MBA from Lucknow, had joined the store eight months ago and this was reportedly his first job. “We have sealed the store as we suspect the man to have put cameras elsewhere in the store as well,” the officer said.

Janet Arole, Van Heusen spokesperson, said, “The company is shocked and strongly condemns the conduct of the employee. We have zero tolerance towards such matters and has suspended the employee with immediate effect. We are fully cooperating with police authorities in the investigation. The company has robust and well-entrenched policies to deal with such cases and will ensure that no such incidents happen in future.”

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