Super thief Bunty brought to Kerala

TRIVANDRUM - Devinder Singh alias ‘Bunty chor’, who was arrested in Pune on Saturday, was on Monday brought to the Kerala capital of Trivandrum in connection with a burglary at the house of a Gulf-based non-resident Keralite businessman.

By (T K Devasia)

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Published: Wed 30 Jan 2013, 1:27 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:43 PM

He was brought here from Mumbai by flight by the special investigation team of the Kerala Police, which had rushed to Pune after his arrest from a hotel in that city. A large number of people had thronged the airport to have a glimpse of the super thief.

The police whisked him off in a special van and took him to Nandavanam police camp. A company of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and a team of the city police were deployed in and around the airport since the morning.

The investigators later grilled him to ascertain all the details of the theft he committed in the city, after which he drove off in a luxury car he lifted from the house he broke into.

They would also find out whether his visit to Kerala had any motives other than committing the burglary. Delhi-based Devinder was arrested from the hotel after a receptionist alertd the Pune Police following suspicion over his bonafies. A Keralite staff at the hotel recognised Bunty from the CC camera images released by Kerala Police shortly after the burglary.

Devinder broke into the house of the NRK on January 21, breaking its high-tech security systems like intruder alarm. After lifting a laptop computer and some other costly gadgets, he decamped in the luxury car parked in the house.

The hidden camera installed in the house, however, got a clear image of the thief and police identified him as Devinder. A couple of days later Devinder was spotted on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border, fuelling speculation of his arrest. He, however, gave the slip to police by abandoning the car he had stolen.

Bunty was arrested from a Pune hotel early Sunday after the receptionist alerted local police. Bunty was handed over to a Kerala Police team Sunday. He was first taken to Mumbai by road from where he was brought to Kerala on a plane.

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