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2 arrested for robbing PM Narendra Modi's kin

Damayanti Ben is the daughter of Modi’s brother, Prahlad

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 14.10.19, 3:27 AM
  • Updated 14.10.19, 3:53 AM
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Gaurav alias Nonu, 21, a resident of Sadar Bazar, was arrested from Sonipat in Haryana where he was staying at an aunt’s place. Badal, 22, was arrested from Sultanpuri, Delhi, deputy commissioner of police Monika Bhardwaj said. (Shutterstock)

Two men have been arrested on the charge of snatching the handbag of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s niece, Damyanti Ben Modi, police said on Sunday.

Damayanti Ben had had the handbag wrenched from her grasp while getting off an auto-rickshaw in north Delhi’s Civil Lines area on Saturday morning. The thieves came on a scooter.

Police sources said the bag contained Rs 56,000, two mobile phones, some documents and other valuables including a wristwatch, and that everything had been recovered.

Gaurav alias Nonu, 21, a resident of Sadar Bazar, was arrested from Sonipat in Haryana where he was staying at an aunt’s place. Badal, 22, was arrested from Sultanpuri, Delhi, deputy commissioner of police Monika Bhardwaj said.

An officer said the scooter had been seized from the home of Gaurav’s aunt. Both men had been identified from CCTV footage, he said.

“In the footage, the men were not wearing helmets. Also, the traffic policemen were not in the area at the time. So, the men managed to ride without helmets from Sadar Bazar to the incident spot and later to their hiding place,” he said.

Damayanti Ben is the daughter of the Prime Minister’s brother, Prahlad Modi. She was robbed soon after she had arrived in Delhi from Amritsar around 7am on Saturday. She was booked on a flight to Ahmedabad in the evening.