In a mobile phone theft incident, two miscreants on bicycles snatched the phone of Shruti P Kharge, wife of Chittapur Congress MP Priyank Kharge and daughter-in-law of opposition leader Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. The incident happened as she was out for her morning walk at Sadashivnagar in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Priyank Kharge’s personal assistant, Pradeep SH, filed a complaint with the police. According to the complaint, the alleged incident happened near the 8th Main in Sadashivnagar. Based on the complaint, the police charged unidentified suspects under section 392 (robbery) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
According to police, the phone’s IMEI number has been sent to all mobile service providers, asking them to be vigilant if the device is on. “There is no CCTV of the location available. We are scanning footage of the surrounding areas,” police explained.
Another policeman from the cybercrime department said relying only on the IMEI number could be a waste of time. “These days, the IMEI number of stolen mobiles can easily be changed to a different number, which makes it impossible to trace the phone. Also, repeat offenders sell them in other states, which makes investigations difficult due to technical problems,” the officer said.