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Ranjitsinhji's cricket bat, antiques stolen

Press Trust Of India
Jan 05, 2010 at 03:06pm IST

Jamnagar: Antiques worth over Rs 4 crore, including a cricket bat of Ranjitsinhji Maharaj were stolen by unidentified miscreants from the ancestral palace of the erstwhile rulers of Jamnagar state in Gujarat, police said on Monday.

The robbery came to light when security personnel of the Jam Bungalow informed police on Monday about the missing items, especially those belonging to Ranjitsinhji, they said.

According to police, the theft might have taken place anytime during last fortnight.

THE LAST SYMBOL: Test cricketer and late ruler Ranjitsinhji's bat was stolen by unidentified miscreants.

They suspect that there could have been three to four thieves involved in the incident, as food packets and snacks were also found inside the bungalow during inspection of crime scene.

The robbers broke into the palace through the glass windows and carefully took away things, most of them belonging to Ranjitsinhji, police said, adding that the stolen antiques are estimated to be worth over Rs 4 crore.

The first-class cricket tournament in India, the Ranji Trophy, has been named in Ranjitsinhji's honour.

The palace premises have been sealed and further investigations are on, police said.

The present owner of the bungalow - Jam Shatusaliaji, who is a descendant of Ranjitsinhji, lives in Mumbai and is on his way to Jamnagar, sources said.

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