Robbers plunder ‘tiger’s den’ of Minority Front leader

2014-11-12 00:00

BOLD robbers entered the tiger’s den — looting the home of Minority Front founder Amichand Rajbansi on Monday night.

His wife and current party leader Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi had been away from the Verulam home when thieves forced their way in.

Rajbansi, popularly known as “the Bengal Tiger”, died in 2011.

Thakur-Rajbansi said she received a call from her neighbour informing her that her home had been broken into.

At about 7 pm, Thakur-Rajbansi and her son rushed to Verulam and found that the lights had been tampered with.

“When we got there, Reaction Unit South Africa was there. The robbers had tampered with the lights because it was dark. We used torches to see if they had taken anything valuable,” said Thakur-Rajbansi.

“When we went into the house, it had been ransacked. There were papers scattered all over the floor. And we could see that they tried to escape using the back garden,” said explained.

“You could see that they had spent a lot of time in the study. The briefcases were opened and there were papers all over the floor. Files were neatly stacked near the door but they were left behind, maybe they forgot them,” she said.

Thakur-Rajbansi said she opened a case with the Verulam Police Station, but Colonel Jay Naicker could not confirm this.

Prem Balram from Reaction Unit South Africa reportedly told the media he had been informed that the suspects had fled into a nearby bush.

Thakur-Rajbansi was grateful that no one was at home when the incident happened.

“My mother lives there now and again, but she was in Johannesburg. My domestic helper, the gardener and my son usually go to the house to check that everything is in order.

“I am just glad that no one was home when the incident happened because we don’t know what their motives were,” said Thakur-Rajbansi.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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