The onset of the festive season has saddled the police in central Gujarat with the unique task of solving cases involving the theft of Diwali bonuses. Though senior officers consider it an opportunity to test the investigative skills of their personnel,the fishy complaints often pose problems for the investigators.
The theft of copper wire and money meant as Diwali bonus from the Rajasthan-based company (PLRs) freight trailer has baffled the police. Investigating Officer,Sub-Inspector R F Dabhi from the Godhra Taluka police station said: Company Manager Ramesh Lalbegh Sharma has alleged that the driver of the truck,Bhisham Singh,who was coming from Nathdwara in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan siphoned off Rs Rs 17,000 along with wires worth Rs 78 lakhs. But,when we checked the timings of the entry through the toll gate in Vadodara,we found a discrepancy. The entry timing of the truck going towards Godhra was 7.45 pm at Golden Chowkdi,while Sharma has said the theft took place between 6.30 pm and 7 pm on Monday evening. It looks like the companys official is not giving us proper information about the vehicle and instead wants to frame the driver.
On Tuesday,the police started interrogating the company manager as well. Dabhi said the money,which the driver was supposed to deposit to Sharma,was meant for distribution as Diwali bonus.
In another instance,truck driver Ashok Richpal Yadav registered a complaint at the Panigate police station that four unidentified Hindi-speaking miscreants looted him between Waghodia Road and Kapurai Chowkdi on the outskirts of Vadodara,where he had taken a break to attend natures call at a public toilet near the highway.
As per the complainant,he had come to Halol to dump plastic material at GTC Company on October 4 from Jhujhunu in Rajasthan. Later,he met one Prakash Singh near Golden Chowkdi on NH-8,on the outskirts of Vadodara,who gave him Rs 70,500 in cash to be delivered as Diwali bonus to three employees of the company in Jhujhunu in Rajasthan. But,on October 5,when he resumed his journey back to Jhujhunu from Vadodara via Waghodia Road,four motorcycle-borne miscreants robbed him at gunpoint at the public toilet, said Sub-Inspector L B Parmar.
The truck drivers version is full of loopholes though,as no one by the name of Prakash works in Haryana Roadways.
Meanwhile,a senior officer from Vadodara said: These things happen a lot during Diwali as many companies and firms rely on truck drivers to transfer cash for distribution as Diwali bonus.