Shipra Das, a 64-year-old well-known senior freelance photojournalist, recently had her camera kit stolen while traveling on an autorickshaw near the Delhi-Noida border on November 8, 2021. An FIR has already been filed in Laxmi Nagar police station on the incident. The thieves used a very unusual Modus Operandi in their act.
Das filed an FIR in the Laxmi Nagar police station on the incident night. The search for robbers is still on. Das is a resident of sector 15 Noida. On November 8, Das was returning home to Noida from Shakarpur around 6.30 pm in an autorickshaw.
Das narrated her tale. Says she, “In the autorickshaws, two persons other than the driver, were also sitting. I suspected that they were known to the auto driver. They tried to convince me to remove my camera bag from my shoulder and to keep it at the back of the autorickshaw. I remember that the auto driver took a longer route. When I asked him why he did that he was giving some excuses but I was not in the mood to argue with him. On the way, the auto stopped a couple of times and the other two passengers stepped out to sit back in again. I noticed that they had picked some stones from outside. The auto driver dropped me at Mayur Vihar and said he has some important work. From here I took another auto-rickshaw and reached my home. It was then, while walking towards my home, that I noticed that my camera bag felt a bit heavy than usual. I immediately checked my bag and was horrified to see that instead of my camera the bag contained stones.”
Shipra Das says, "Photography is my bread and butter, and they took my life from me."