Retired IAS officer’s house in Indirapuram burgled thrice in as many months

Ashni Dhaor, Ghaziabad: A retired IAS officer’s house in Niti Khand-2, Indirapuram, has been targeted thrice in

the last three months by burglars.
The retired IAS officer’s family said that the thieves so far have been able to decamp with goods and valuables worth Rs 4 lakh so far.
Burglars decamped with an invertor, voltage stabilizer, computer CPU, expensive watches, designer sarees and steel utensils from Naresh Chaturvedi’s house in Indirapuram on the nights of September 29 and September 30. Earlier, they had struck at the same house in March this year.
“I wasn’t at home on the night of September 29 when the first incident happened. I returned on September 30 and filed an FIR. I had to leave for Bangalore on September 30 evening again. When I returned on October 1, I found my whole house ransacked agin,” said Rekha Chaturvedi, Naresh’s wife.
Rekha (65) said that the burglars entered the house by cutting open the iron grille of the main gate and have so far decamped with 11 faucets and have broken the bathroom fittings.
“Ironically, my house is located just a few metres away from the Niti Khand police post,” Rekha said.
Earlier in March, burglars had decamped with valuables worth Rs 2 lakh from the same house, which included idols of deities, electrical wires, jewellery and other valuable items.
“I have now hired personal security and installed barbed wires around the house. The house remains empty most of the time as I keep visiting my husband in Kolkata and my daughter in Bangalore. The police have so far been unhelpful,” she said.
The police, on the other hand, said that they had received a complaint and were trying to identify and the accused.
“Since the occupant is mostly not present at home, the house has become an easy target for burglars. However, we have increased patrolling in the area and the accused will be nabbed soon,” said Atul Kumar Yadav, circle officer, Indirapuram.
Elsewhere, a gang of burglars on Saturday evening targeted a house in Shipra Suncity township and decamped with a 40-inch LCD television, jewellery, gas cylinder and cash worth Rs 3 lakhs.
“The incident occurred when I was out shopping with my family. When I returned, I found the wire mesh of one of the windows of my ground floor house cut and the whole house was ransacked. I immediately informed the police,” said Shubham Tripathi, who works in a private firm.
Tripathi said he had moved to the rented flat 15 days ago.
Sources said, on Wednesday night three houses in the same locality had also been targeted by burglars. From one of the houses, the burglars fled with just Rs 3,000 in cash.
“There was a laptop and other valuable items in the room. But the burglars only took the cash,” said Neeraj Rai, owner of the flat.
From the second ‘locked’ house, the burglars decamped with jewellery and Rs 4 lakh in cash.
“We were not in our home when the burglars struck. They fled with jewellery and cash worth Rs 80,000 from the flat. The burglars gained access to the premises by breaking the lock of the main gate,” said Manoj Gupta, who works at a private firm.
Local residents on Saturday had again made an unsuccessful attempt to break into an empty flat in the same locality.
The residents of the society on Wednesday night staged a protest against the rising number of crimes.
The police, however, said that there was a lapse in security on part of the society itself.
“A new security firm has been hired by the residents’ welfare association (RWA), whose men are yet to report for duty. The staff from the previous security agency, however, has left, leaving the society vulnerable and susceptible to crimes,” said Atul Kumar Yadav, station house officer, Indirapuram.
Yadav added that teams had been formed and the cases would be cracked soon.