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Watch: Kleptomaniac Gurgaon billionaire steals ancient hand-axe replica from National Museum

The police have arrested a 53-year-old man from Gurgaon for allegedly stealing a replica of the ancient Olduvai Handaxe from the National Museum here.

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Watch: Kleptomaniac Gurgaon billionaire steals ancient hand-axe replica from National Museum
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The police have arrested a 53-year-old man from Gurgaon for allegedly stealing a replica of the ancient Olduvai Handaxe from the National Museum here.

Police said that Uday Ratra, who is currently unemployed, was arrested from his home late last night.

Ratra is believed to be a millionaire who suffers from kleptomania – the psychological disorder in which one feels the urge to steal things.

The replica has been missing from the National Museum since June 24.

Police said museum authorities initially tried to find the item on their own but unable to make any headway they approached them with a complaint yesterday.

They also handed over CCTV footage from the premises to the police in which a person could be seen going out with the object.

 

After studying the CCTV footage, the police managed to identify the accused and nabbed him from his house in Gurgaon and also recovered the replica, police said.

The Olduvai Handaxe is believed t be the first great invention of mankind is about 1.5 million years old. DCP Madhur Verma revealed that Ratra refused to go down without a fight and even instructed his dogs to attack the police team.

Ratra had earlier been arrested in 2016 for allegedly trying to enter a five-star hotel in Sarojini Nagar with a blade while the then US secretary of state John Kerry was staying there.

He was also arrested for stealing imported liquor from a store the same year, police said.

His father has earlier served the Coast Guard as an inspector general.

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