Parsi doctor’s home burgled, valuables worth Rs 23.95 lakh stolen

parsi-houseSURAT: Cash and jewellery worth Rs 23.95 lakh were stolen from the residence of a senior doctor and prominent Parsi community member, Dr Saros Bhacca, on Tuesday at Shahpore. The family had gone out of station locking their house. They lodged a complaint with Chowk Bazaar police station after they returned on Wednesday. Police are clueless about the incident and no suspect has been identified.

Bhacca and his family had gone to Mumbai on Monday for a funeral when they received a call from an employee at his clinic that someone had broken into his home. The employee works at Bhacca’s clinic located exactly opposite his residence and used to check the house daily for safety reasons. The employee found a door damaged on Tuesday after which he informed Bhacca.

Bhacca’s residence is located in the historic Parsi community residential area of Shahpore. The area has now very few homes of Parsis left and majority are heritage homes inhabited by senior citizens of the community.

Police suspect that the burglar must have entered the house through back door after entering the compound with the help of a tree in the back of the house and then climbed up the first floor.

The valuables were stolen from the first floor. Bhacca had asked his employee to check the house regularly and there was no damage till Tuesday morning.

“It is shocking that the house of a respectable person like Dr Bhacca has been targetted. Bhacca family is serving society for last four generations and it is sad that this has happened to them. Police should arrest the accused immediately and punish them. Police should also ensure that such incident does not repeat,” said Minoo Parabia, former professor of bio-science at Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU).
“It seems that some known person is involved in the theft since the family had gone out for a day. We are investigating the case,” said Satish Sharma, city police commissioner.

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