Men arrive in 40 lakh rupee Kia Carnival to allegedly steal flower pots placed for G20 summit: FIR lodged

Social media is abuzz with the video of two men arriving in a Kia Carnival and putting flower pots from a roadside into their vehicles. The video became viral on the Internet and hours after the video became viral, Gurugram Police lodged an FIR into the theft.

According to PTI, an official statement was lodged after district commissioner (DC) Nishant Kumar Yadav took cognisance of the matter. He asked Gurugram Police to intervene and investigate the matter. The incident took place in front of the Ambience Mall on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway.

The video shot by a passerby shows the Kia Carnival with its boot open and two men putting flower pots inside the car. Both the men were spotted inspecting the flower pots and choosing the best flowers to take them away. After putting a few pots, they shut down the electrically-controlled tailgate of the MPV and drove away from the spot.

Ahead of the G-20 meetings in India that are scheduled to happen in Haryana between 1 March and 4 March, the administration has taken steps to beautify the city. These flower pots were installed under the same project to make the city look more beautiful.

In a complaint filed by Metropolitan Green Planner, the Urban Environment Division of GMDA, said, “It has been observed that some passers-by/thieves are stealing flower pots placed on the roadside. A video of the theft of flower pots is also going viral on Twitter, in which the registration number of the car used in the theft is HR 20 AY 0006. Therefore, take necessary action against the one who steals the flower pots, considering the importance of the national level event, and also deploy police personnel for the security of the flower pots planted on both sides of the road, so the G-20 event can be completed smoothly,”

An FIR was registered against the unidentified accused under section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code at the DLF Phase 3 police station. DCP of the station said that the police are trying to identify the accused and their vehicle. They will be arrested soon.

Social media influencer blamed

Social media platforms including Twitter have connected the Kia Carnival to social media influencer Elvish Yadav. It is alleged that the same car was used by the social media influencer during one of his meet-ups in Tijara, Rajasthan. However, the influencer has denied that the car belongs to him and has clarified that he was using someone else’s car because it has two sunroofs. The police are yet to investigate the connection or the claims.