Gadchiroli police arrested a constable for stealing an AK47 rifle and 120 cartridges from two colleagues with one of whom he had a tiff.
Atul Gorle, a constable with a Special Action Group (SAG), has been remanded in police custody and put under suspension pending enquiry.
The Gadchiroli police were sent in to a tizzy when the gun and ammunition belonging to Umaji Halami and Pradeep Sakole, respectively, also members of SAG, went missing on Thursday.
Probe revealed that Gorle had taken it to avenge his angst against Sakole, with whom he had a quarrel. “Gorle wanted to put Sakole in the dock. So, on Thursday night, when everyone was sleeping, Gorle entered the room where Sakole and Halami were sleeping along with other colleagues. He took the gun and ammunition and hid them in the parking lot of the building. We always suspected it to be an insider’s job since it is impossible for any outsider to get in.
On asking Sakole if he had issues with anyone in the group, he took Gorle’s name. On thorough questioning, Gorle spilled the beans and we managed to recover the stolen material. Gorle has been booked for house-breaking and theft and has been suspended,” said Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil.
Patil said that Gorle’s intention was to put Sakole in trouble. Asked why he targeted Halami, Patil said, “He took away Halami’s gun mistaking it for Sakole’s.”