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Theft at Sunil Dutt’s ancestral house
Nishikant Dwivedi
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, August 4
Thieves broke into the ancestral house of Sanjay Dutt in Mandoli village in the wee hours of Saturday. The uncle and aunt of Sanjay Dutt were not home, having left for Mumbai about a fortnight ago in connection with the TADA court’s judgment on the actor. The thieves took away cash, jewellery and other articles valued between Rs 6 and Rs 7 lakh. Hundreds of people gathered at the village as the news of the theft spread.

Som Dutt, brother of Sunil Dutt has been living in the house along with his wife Punita ever since Sunil Dutt shifted to Mumbai. The Dutts own farm land in the village.

Police sources said two youths entered the house some time after mid-night by scaling the front gate of the house.

Raghunath, a resident of the village, who was sleeping on the terrace of his house noticed “unusual sounds’’ and raised the alarm after which the intruders fled. Not before they had ransacked the house, though.

Reports said the thieves took away a gold jewellery set, a diamond ring, silver utensils and other items. When the villagers tried to chase them, one of the men fired in the air. The matter was reported to the police.

Som Dutt had left the keys of the front door keys with Narinder, a villager.

According to Narinder he also heard a gun shot and when he opened the gate he found that all locks inside had been broken.

Sunil Dutt, along with his mother Kulwanti Devi, sister Rani and brother Som Dutt, had settled in the village after Partition.

Sanjay Dutt had visited the village several times. In 1973, he came to village to attend the funeral of his grandmother. At that time he was studying at Sanawar school in Kasauli.

He was also here to participate in the kirya of his mother Nargis Dutt in 1982. On May 30, 2005 he had visited the village with the ashes of his father.

Deewan Suraj Dutt, a cousin of Sunil Dutt said Som Dutt had been informed about the theft.

Dr Krishana Pandit, parliamentary secretary and local MLA, visited the house. She spoke to Som Dutt and his wife and assured them that she would take up the matter with the DGP. She also said police would be deployed in the village till Som Dutt returned.

A case has been registered. A team of forensic experts lifted fingerprints later in the day.

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