The Kurar Police on Friday registered a case against one of its own constables who allegedly stole at least Rs 18 lakh from the recovery section of the police station over the last few years. The constable, identified as Ramzan Tadvi, was responsible for maintaining the stolen property section and is suspected to have stolen small amounts over a period of time, thus managing to stay under the radar till now.
Senior police inspector L Vhanmane said Tadvi had been in-charge of the property recovery wing around June last year. “There is a cupboard in the police station where all the recovered cash and valuables are kept. Only Tadvi has the keys. It was his job to send the cash and valuables to the court on the day when the matter was being heard. He then has to get the valuables back to the police station after the day’s hearing,” said Vhanmane.
“We suspect that over the years, with each case he would pocket some amount of cash and jewellery while transporting it to the court.”
The case came to light when an annual audit was done and a new person was appointed in his place. The new officer brought to the notice of the police inspector that the articles kept in the cupboard do not match the paperwork. “During the government audit, these allegations were looked into. They found that valuables and cash worth as much as Rs 18 lakh was missing from the cupboard,” said Vhanmane.
An inquiry revealed Tadvi’s role in all this. Accordingly, an FIR was registered. When they reached his residence to arrest him, he was not present there. “We are on the lookout for him,” said a senior officer.