If the recent spate of burglaries in the state capital is giving Ranchi police sleepless nights, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Bhimsen Tuti appears to be the most troubled of the lot.
Much is at stake for the senior police officer as among the victims is a former teacher of his alma mater.
Tuti acted with speed, sending a forensic team to the Harmu residence of H.K.P. Sinha on Monday, a day after the retired physics department head of Netarhat Vidyalaya — where the SSP had done his matriculation from — reported a theft of Rs 12.50 lakh.
The double-storeyed house at Harmu Housing Colony in Argora police station area of the state capital was allegedly burgled when Sinha had gone to attend a marriage at Nagpur.
The family had left on February 18 and came back on February 22 evening to discover that jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh and Rs 50,000 in cash were missing.
Speaking to The Telegraph on Monday afternoon, the former teacher said that Tuti, who did not study under him as he joined the school a year after Sinha retired in 1986, took personal interest in the case and visited the house on Sunday.
“He had come along with officer-in-charge of Argora police station Arvind Kumar and investigation officer Basudeo Toppo. Today (Monday), he sent a team from the Forensic Science Laboratory, making a sincere attempt to crack the case,” Sinha said.
The forensic experts collected evidence like fingerprints during the inspection spanning over more than two hours. “The gang broke all the seven locks at the house to gain access,” one of them said.
When contacted, the SSP confirmed the action, but maintained that it was a part of investigations to crack the serial theft cases. “As soon as one theft is reported and police get cracking, another takes place. We are trying our best to come up with a breakthrough,” he added.
He also admitted that people should be more cautious while leaving their homes unattended. “At least, they can inform local police station, which, in turn, can ensure proper vigilance in the given area. Prevention is always better than cure,” Tuti added.
This is not the first time that burglars struck at Harmu. On February 17, a gang had decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh from a Durga temple in the same area. The theft was committed at night when priest Mrityunjay Kumar Pandey was away. An FIR was registered at Argora police station.
Elsewhere in the city, burglars stole Rs 5,000 in cash and jewellery of around Rs 15,000 from the flat of one Dharmendra Sharma at Nalin Apartment in Lower Bazar police station area on February 22.
Two days prior to that, Rs 10,000 went missing from the donation box at a Durga temple in Kokar. On February 17, cellphones worth Rs 1 lakh were stolen from the shop of one Manoj Jaiswal in Sadar police station area.