A gang of robbers looted Jagatguru Vallabhacharya while he was on his way to Kaman in Bharatpur from Delhi in his car on Monday night. He was carrying an 350 years old antique idol Rs 2.11 lakh, mobile phone and other valuables. Vallabhacharya, his secretary Deepak and driver Radhacharan had to take a lift in a truck and reached Kaman where they informed the police and registered a complaint. The police have rounded up about half a dozen suspects and are interrogating them.
According to the FIR registered with the police, Vallabhacharya had been picked up by his driver Radhacharan at Delhi airport. They were on their way to Kaman. The robbery took place in Jurhara police station area near Gurira village.
Around 1.30 am, a car intercepted Vallabhacharya’s car. Nearly half a dozen robbers got off the car. They were armed and asked the driver to open the gates. When he didn’t oblige, they shattered the window classes and started beating up the driver.
When Vallabhacharya asked why they were beating up the driver, they said that he was involved in a hit-and-run accident. Vallabhacharya protested, but the robbers hit him with the gun. They then took away all the valuables including the idol and drove them to a nearby forest area. They then forced the victims to get off the car. They then drove away in the Vallabhacharya’s car.
The driver told the police that the robbers were in their early twenties and were not wearing masks.
The robbery led to protest in Kaman. The police are studying the footages of CCTVs installed in the area to identify the robbers.
First published: April 18, 2018