Two Sandalwood trees measuring 18 and 16 feet that once adorned the premises of Nobel laureate scientist CV Raman's house in Malleswaram were chopped in flat 20 minutes by miscreants in the wee hours of Saturday. The miscreants threatened the two guards with machete and stolen the trees.

Located at 15th Cross in Malleswarm, the British-era house is maintained by a trust constituted by government. Two security guards Gangadhar and Srinivas heard someone barging into the premises in the wee hours. According to The Times of India, when the guards questioned, the thieves held the duo at machete-point while other gang members cut the Sandalwood tree with an electric saw in just 20 minutes.

They cut the trees in four logs and summoned a Maruti Omni that was waiting outside the gate. As the vehicle entered the premises, they packed up the logs into the vehicle and fled.

The duo is reported to have told Malleswaram police that the miscreants were wearing masks on their face. As there were no CCTV images in the house, the police are checking the CCTVs in the neighbourhood to track the miscreants.

"It is the handiwork of habitual offenders. We have asked the security guards to explain the miscreants' physical appearances," reports The Times of India quoting a police officer.

While the value of the trees is yet to be ascertained, it is disheartening to note that how miscreants could enter the celebrated scientist's home that is a now a research centre. Moreover the fact that it was being maintained by a trust constituted by government that had taken no care to install CCTV cameras is highly deplorable.