The Telegraph
Tuesday , October 11 , 2016

Manorama seeks 'seizure list' after theft

JDU MLC Manorama Devi

Patna, Oct. 10: JDU MLC Manorama Devi today said she will accept her house back from the police once they make a "seizure list" of the articles that survived a burglary and held responsible officials who sealed her house for presence of liquor bottles for the theft.

Items worth Rs 1 crore were allegedly stolen from the house and the "theft" was noticed on Saturday when officials went to unseal the house following a court order on Friday .

"We built the two-storey house with much love and affection. We just cannot refuse taking it back," Manorama told The Telegraph. "But, we will do so once the police makes a seizure list of goods found in the house after we lost valuables worth Rs 1 crore, including ornaments and three licensed firearms, in the burglary."

Manorama's house was sealed by police and excise officials after liquor bottles were found stashed in a cupboard during a raid earlier this year in the aftermath of the Gaya road rage incident in which her son, Rocky Yadav, allegedly shot dead teenager Aditya Sachdeva, a Class XII student, on the night of May 7.

The turn of events led to her surrender and imprisonment, but she was later released on bail. Her husband and RJD leader Bindi Yadav was jailed too.

Patna High Court ordered her house to be unsealed on October 7, almost after five months of the incident that had shaken the people of Bihar and reverberated in Parliament.

However, when the police moved to hand over the house to the legislator the next day, they found the house had been broken into.

"The lock of the back entrance was broken and the thieves took away almost everything of value. I hold those who sealed my house responsible for this, and have already filed an FIR at Rampur police station," Manorama said.

In the FIR, Manorama has accused the police of being in connivance with the burglars and complained that they were in full knowledge of the valuables that were kept in her house. She has also pointed out that no panchnama or seizure list was made before any of her family members while the house was sealed by the district administration.

Gaya senior superintendent of police Garima Mallick said: "A forensic science laboratory team took samples from the house in our efforts to crack the theft. The matter is under investigation."

Incidentally, Manorama and Bindi were staying in a house of an acquaintance in the neighbourhood and they also did not have an inkling of the theft in their house. A policeman said the incident looked like an inside job.

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