Deer statues stolen from Ghaziabad park

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Ghaziabad, Sep 5 (IANS) The Ghaziabad Development Authority’s (GDA) bid to beautify its parks suffered a setback when armed robbers took away three deer statues from a park, in one case after a scuffle with a guard.

The incident occurred on Monday-Tuesday night at Meerut Tiraha.

GDA Vice Chairperson and District Magistrate Ritu Maheswari had inaugurated the park only a week ago at the junction of Link Road from National Highway 24 and 58 and Old GT Road.

The robbers came to the park at 2 in the morning, raising the guard’s suspicion. At an unguarded moment, they plucked out two deer statues from the park and escaped on their two-wheeler.

The police were alerted but they left after preliminary investigation.

Again, at 5 a.m., the same criminals returned to the park and uprooted the third deer statue. But this time the guard challenged them.

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In the scuffle, the horns broke and remained with the guard. But the men escaped with the main statue.

The value of the stolen statues was not immediately known.

A GDA official said security would be strengthened soon in all parks and admitted that this theft was a setback in its attempt to beautify Ghaziabad.



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