India’s former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on March 18 filed a complaint at a Delhi Police station after he lost one but three of his mobile phones in the recent hotel fire.
Dhoni and his Jharkhand cricket team members were staying at Delhi’s ITC Welcome hotel when a fire had broken out there on March 17.
While Dhoni, along with other hotel guests were safely evacuated, on March 18 he found that three of his mobile phones, including an iPhone, went missing from his room during the fire.
While he immediately filed a police report, it was later found that it was an “error in judgment” on the part of the person who took it as the phones were reportedly removed during sanitization process.
“It was an error of judgement on the part of the person who took the phones. He and a couple of other staff had entered the cricketer’s room to sanitise it. He took away the phones without knowing their ownership. When the police contacted him, he accepted and handed over the devices to us.” – senior police official
In his complaint, Dhoni had alleged that he had left his phones in the hotel room when he had gone for breakfast but when his staff went to pack his things after the fire, his mobile phones were missing.
Though the phones have been now been recovered, the police are still investigating the case and the hotel staff is also being interrogated.
The police are also checking the CCTV footage of the lobby just to get a clear picture.
ITC Welcome meanwhile has issued a statement that their staff had no involvement in the incident.
“The investigation has indicated no involvement of the hotel staff and no FIR has been registered against us. We have fully cooperated with the authorities in their investigation.”