A group of robbers broke into BJP MP and Gwalior royal Jyotiraditya Scindia’s Jai Vilas Palace in Madhya Pradesh earlier this week. The local police have confirmed that a break-in took place either on Monday or Tuesday night at the Rani Mahal of the Jai Vilas Palace, belonging to the Scindias, the erstwhile rulers of Gwalior.
Police and forensic teams have swabbed the reported scene of the break-in for fingerprints and other evidence. Sniffer dogs have also been deployed at the spot. The robbery didn’t involve any expensive household items or jewellery, in fact, a few important files seem to be missing from the palace. Upon investigation, it was witnessed that documents were lying all over the place and a CPU was found on the roof of the said wing. According to Gwalior city superintendent of police Ratnesh Tomar, the thieves entered the palace through a ventilator shaft in a room in the palace’s Rani Mahal. They reportedly damaged property in the room, which used to serve as a bank previously. The police are also questioning the employees on the premises in the matter, the CSP added.
Built in 1874 by Maharajadhiraj Shrimant Jayajirao Scindia Alijah Bahadur and costing a whopping crore back then, the beautiful palace is worth over Rs 4000 crores today and is currently owned by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia. The majestic palace was built as a gesture of grand welcome for the Prince of Wales, King Edward VI and was also the residence of the Scindia dynasty and was made open to the general public in 1964.