Classical singer Rita Ganguly's home burgled

Oct 01, 2011, 06:34 IST | Atul Krishan

Thieves made off with several antiques, including a copper idol gifted by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

Famous classical singer Prof Rita Ganguly's home in Safdar Hashmi Road area of New Delhi district was burgled on Monday. To add insult to the injury, IPS officer HGS Dhaliwal lives right next door to Ganguly and according to the sources, the burglars might have scaled Dhaliwal's boundary wall to escape. Ganguly first reported the matter at Connaught Place police station, but later on got the FIR lodged at Barakhamba Road police Station.

A senior police official said the burglars made off with several antiques, including one gifted by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Ganguly, a Padma Shri awardee, came to know about the theft of antique articles when she entered her puja (prayer) room on Monday, around 7 am, the official said." I am extremely upset that my copper Saraswati statue, a gift from late Indira Gandhi, has been stolen," said Ganguly.

Burglars also stole a two-feet silver lamp, an antique copper ghara, an antique copper vessel and a copper candle-stand. Ganguly said the burglars broke a window in her house to enter. "They must have made space between two iron bars of the window. The thief must have climbed the pillar to escape with the loot. It goes without saying the crime was executed by more than one person," she said.

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