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Pune: Farmer says 5 tonne fish worth Rs 5 lakh stolen,police suspect political angle in complaint

Pawar said that the weight of the stolen fish could be around five tonnes and pegged the cost at Rs 5 lakh. The complainant and suspects belonged to two factions of a political party that fought against each other, said the police.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: July 19, 2021 9:01:10 pm
Fish pondPawar, in his complaint, named three persons from the same village and alleged that they have stolen around 7,000 carp fish and around 5,000 tilapia fish over the last six months. (File)

A farmer from Pune district has filed a complaint with Pune rural police that five tonne of fish worth Rs 5 lakh were stolen from his farm pond over the past six months.

While police have launched a probe into the theft, they suspect an underlying political rivalry as the reason why the complaint that has been registered, sources said.

An FIR in this case was registered three days ago at Bhigwan police station by 69-year-old Bapurao Namdeo Pawar, a resident of Pondhwadi village, which is in Indapur tehsil.

In his complaint, Pawar named three persons from the same village and alleged that they have stolen as many as 7,000 carp fish and 5,000 tilapia fish over six months. He said the approximate weight of the stolen fish could be around five tonnes and has pegged the cost at Rs 5 lakh.

Inspector Jeevan Mane, in-charge of Bhigwan police station, said, “After receiving the complaint, an FIR was registered and a probe has been launched. The complainant has named three persons and one unknown accomplice of theirs in the FIR. We are also consulting with district fisheries officials for verification of claims of the yield of fish made by the complainant. Investigation is underway from all possible angles.”

However, an officer from the police station said, “While the theft claim is being probed, it is clear that stealing this large quantity of fish without anyone noticing is difficult. We believe that an underlying political rivalry between the complainant and the suspects he has named is the cause behind this complaint. Six months ago, gram panchayat elections were held and the complainant and suspects belonged to two factions of a political party that fought against each other. Since then, there have been multiple complaints filed by both sides against each other. We will probe all facts of the case.”

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