Loot at IAS officers' children's wedding

New Delhi: A "well-dressed" young boy is suspected to have stolen a handbag containing valuables and cash worth Rs 2.5 lakh during the marriage ceremony of the children of two senior IAS officers , police said on Monday.

The theft occurred when the marriage between son of Secretary of Information and Broadcasting Ministry Uday Kumar Varma and daughter of Uttar Pradesh Minor Irrigation Principal Secretary Susheel Kumar was being solemnised.

The incident was reported on February 2 while a case was registered at Parliament Street Police station eight days later.

The victim was Varma's wife who lost her hand bag containing two gold 'mangalsutras', a necklace, a pair of ear rings, Rs 20,000 cash. The complainant pegged the loss at Rs 2.5 lakh.

According to Varma who lodged the complaint, the bag had been left on a sofa close to the dais unattended for one to two minutes during which it disappeared.

"On questioning people in the vicinity identified a small well-dressed boy wearing something like a suit and a shirt with polka dots carrying away the bag. Some reported that the boy was wearing the band uniform," Varma said in his complaint.

He said he suspected that one of the band boys or caterers or drummers could be behind the theft.

A case of theft (Section 380) has been registered.