Former Karnataka Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee’s residence was burgled, just days after ex-IPS officer MV Murthy’s housewas burgled in HSR Layout.

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news Crime Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 14:30

The residence of former Karnataka Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee in Bengaluru’s HSR Layout was burgled on Saturday with Rs 25 lakh worth of goods stolen.

Among the stolen items were six expensive watches, a score of earrings, six bangles, three diamond earrings, two diamond rings and 10 pens.

Police said that the burglary came to light after Kaushik and his spouse, who had left the house in the afternoon, returned home at around 11pm on Saturday night. They found that the rear door of their residence was broken.

A case was registered on Sunday.

Media reports cited police sources saying that the robbers gained access by jumping the compound wall of their 7th Block HSR Layout residence and then breaking a window near the rear door to open the latch.

The CCTV footage of the area including Kaushik’s residence over the last seven days are being scrutinised. Police have detained some men for questioning.

IAS officer Kaushik Mukherjee, an IIT graduate has served as the Chief Secretary of Karnataka between 2013 and 2016 before his retirement. Prior to that meeting, he served as the Chief Secretary.

Mukherjee and his wife are reported to live by themselves at the HSR Layout residence with both of their sons living abroad.

This incident comes within four days of another former bureaucrat— ex-IPS officer MV Murthy’s house being burgled in the same neighbourhood.

Murthy had retired from service prematurely as an IGP-ranked officer in 2008 with five months of his tenure left.

Murthy’s residence at HSR Layout near the BDA complex was burgled between June 11 and June 15 when Murthy had gone on holiday. Police had registered an FIR after Murthy complained of gold and other valuables being stolen.

Unlike Mukherjee’s residence, Murthy did not have CCTV cameras installed at his place and the thieves had entered by cutting open the grills of a window.

Police are yet to establish if the same gang has been behind this incident too.

The inspector at HSR Police Station told TNM that no person has been arrested in connection with the case and investigation is underway

"We are trying our level best," he said.  


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