Bhopal: Posing as SI, son of retd cop executes Rs 3 crore theft

A son of a retired sub inspector scripted and executed Rs 3 crore theft in a train posing as cop. The 38-year-old mastermind, used uniform of his father to pose as SI during the crime. The man and his three accomplices who posing as cops had duped a Gujarat-based passenger in Mahanagari Express two weeks ago have finally fallen into the police net With the arrest of four accused, Government Railway Police (GRP), Khandwa have claimed to have cracked an interesting case of theft of Rs 3 Crore from a railway passenger, informed ADG (rail) Aruna Mohan Rao while addressing media here on Wednesday.

A Gujarat-based passenger while travelling in sleeper coach of Mahanagari Express two weeks ago was duped of huge cash by four imposters posing as cops. The theft that was claimed to be of Rs 5 lakh, turned out to be Rs 5 crore stealing during investigation, she informed. Police have recovered Rs 1.51 crore from their possession.

Giving the details, Rao informed that Vikash Yadav, an employee of a Gujarat-based company-MecTel lodged a complaint with GRP at Khandwa that his bag carrying Rs 5 lakh cash was stolen when he was travelling to Dadar (Mumbai) in S-10 coach of Mahanagari Express.

He in his complaint had told police that when the train reached near Chhanera railway station in Khandwa, he was duped by four persons, posing as cops. One of the men was in sub-Inspector uniform, while others were posing as constables. The imposters were travelling in S-5 coach of the train.

The four approached Yadav telling him that they want to check him. Two of the ‘constables’ took him near the gate for frisking, while two stayed near his berth. After the checking, when Yadav returned to his berth, to his shock, he found his bag carrying cash missing. The ‘cops’ were also nowhere to be found.

On reaching Khandwa, Yadav lodged police complaint regarding the theft. Sharing details of the investigation, Rao said that with the help of CCTV cameras installed at railway station and technical help of cyber police, police zeroed in on two persons identified as Akshay Kundwani (22) of Damoh and his brother Devesh (22). The duo was arrested from their home who later confessed their involvement in the crime, she added Rao. To evade arrest, the two brothers had given Rs 10 lakh to a tantric to perform special hawan for them, told the officer.

Later during police investigation it came to fore that the stolen amount stated in the FIR by complainant was not correct and actual cash stolen by them was around Rs 3 crore; thereafter Mehul Patel of Ahmedabad lodged another complaint with GRP Khandwa.

During interrogation, the two accused brothers revealed names of their three accomplices- the mastermind Sanjay Jatav,38, resident of Rajgarh, Narayan Ahuja,19, Itarsi resident and Monu Sindhi of Bhopal. Based on this specific input, cops arrested Jatav and Narayan and recovered Rs 1.51 crore from their possession. All the four accused were presented before the court and were taken on three days police remand. Search is on for the Monu Sindhi.

Mastermind Donned father’s uniform for crime
Sanjay Jatav, 38, resident of Rajgarh, was the mastermind and he scripted the entire theft, informed in-charge of GRP (Khandwa) B.S Baghel. A son of a retired Sub-Inspector, Sanjay had used his father’s uniform to commit the crime. His two accomplices Akashay and Devesh were in uniform of police constables. The absconding accused Monu Sindhi, a resident of Bhopal is an employee of MecTel company and he had tipped-off Sanjay about huge cash of company being transported in train. Sanjay with his accomplices planned train theft.

Why was Rs 5 cr cash being carried in train, police to probe
Another investigation in the case will also be carried out by the special task force (STF) to shed light on the source, purpose of the huge amount of cash being taken in train as well as if the amount was legal or illegal.  The passenger had initially claimed that Rs 5 lakh was stolen, however, it was only after the arrests of the imposters it came to fore that they had made away with Rs 3 crore cash from the passenger. The police would inquire as why the passenger did not reveal the exact stolen amount and why was he travelling with huge amount, its source and destination.

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