A video footage grabbed by a CCTV camera installed at Tanmaypuri Residential Society in Dahanukar Colony,Kothrud,showed how policemen without following any procedure picked up a two-wheeler from the private parking space of the building with the help of a thief on Monday.
When Avinash Deshmukh,the owner of the two-wheeler,filed a vehicle theft complaint,the police allegedly demanded Rs 300 from him for giving a copy of the FIR. Deshmukh alleged that police also demanded Rs 2,000 more from him for conducting the panchanama of the case.
A resident of Tanmaypuri,Avinash said around 9 am on Monday he found that his two-wheeler (MH 37 B 6644) was missing from the parking space of the building. So he registered a vehicle theft complaint at the Alankar police chowki. In afternoon,his father Subhash Deshmukh,living in Washim,got a call from the police that their two-wheeler had been traced.
Later,when Avinash checked video footages in the CCTV camera installed at the parking space of the building on Monday evening,he found a police team coming to the spot along with criminal Vitthal Ramlu Rathod. Rathod along with police,took the vehicle outside the building,broke its lock and took it with them to police station around 5 am.
After consulting,his lawyer Mihir Parbhudesai filed a complaint application at the police commissionerate demanding an inquiry into the case.
“As per the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),police should have confiscated the two-wheeler in the presence of two panch witnesses. This two-wheeler was not a stolen property. Police were supposed to inform its owner before taking it. The police failed to follow the law. Hence,we have demanded an inquiry,” said Prabhudesai.
Additional Commissioner of Police A D Shinde said Rathod,who has several crime case against him was nabbed around 1.30 am while he was riding a motorcycle. Police also found documents of Avinash’s two-wheeler from his possession. Rathod reportedly told police that he had attempted to steal this two-wheeler. So police took him to the place where the two-wheeler was parked.
Vehicle number starting with “MH 37” indicated that it was from Washim and not of Pune passing (MH 12). So assuming that this vehicle was also stolen by Rathod,police brought it to the police station and later returned it,police said.
“I am a native of Washim and the vehicle is registered in my father’s name. When I went to police station,cops asked me to get photocopies of FIR. But they did not give any copy and demanded Rs 300,saying that money was required to complete some procedures,” said Avinash.
DCP Dnyaneshwar Phadtare said it was not possible to carry out proper procedure of confiscating the two-wheeler early morning. He said inquiry has been initiated to verify the allegations that police demanded money for providing a copy of the FIR.