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Six computer monitors were stolen by unidentified people from Delhi Police’s Recruitment Cell office at New Police Lines in North Delhi’s Kingsway Camp.
The incident came to light when a police officer opened the door of the office on 27 May, a police source said. It is believed that the theft took place between last Saturday and Sunday when the office was closed, added the source.
Police have registered a case of theft at the Mukherjee Nagar police station.
Mukherjee Nagar Station House Officer (SHO) said that a spot inspection has been carried out by the crime team and it was revealed that barrack no.5, from where the computers were stolen, is situated on the first floor and no lock was broken. Hence, the possibility of the role of an insider is not being ruled out.
Local burglars have also come under the radar. Police are also checking the CCTV footage. An internal enquiry has also been initiated into the incident by the recruitment cell.
“No important data was stolen since the thieves took away only the monitors and not their central processing units in which the data was stored,” said Anil Mittal, additional spokesperson of the Delhi Police.
The theft of electronic items from the police office has exposed security loopholes at the New Police Line. All office staff members were questioned about the missing monitors. When they claimed to be clueless about the incident, senior officers were informed and a case of theft registered with Mukherjee Nagar police station.
It was learnt during the preliminary probe that Saturdays and Sundays are official holidays in the recruitment cell office and two officials remained there on Saturdays, a police officer associated with the investigation said. One of them was tasked with opening and closing the office, the police officer said.