It is considered to be one of the safest place for storing valuables,given that this maalkhana (godown) always has the presence of police personnel.
But over the past few months,gold jewellery,all of which was case property,has been found missing from the Sultanpuri police station maalkhana.
Police said five gold items and three old files of a notorious criminal are missing from this police station,located in Outer Delhi.
Sources in the police said the theft came to light last month when a routine inspection was being conducted at the police station. An inquiry is being ordered into the incident.
In November last year,the station house officer found some items missing from the maalkhana during an inspection. The head constable,who was in charge,was asked about the items and he said they had been shifted to different metal boxes inside the police station itself,for safe custody. The matter was then forgotten, said a police source.
Later,in March,some case papers went missing from the same maalkhana.
An inspection was conducted and the items of the maalkhana were audited. It was then that five gold items were reported missing. The senior officers have been informed about the case, said the source.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) B S Jaiswal told Newsline that he would check on the inquiry into the case and revert,but later he was not available for comment despite repeated attempts.
A similar incident was reported in 2008,when gold jewellery went missing from the maalkhana of the Karol Bagh police station.
Following this,then Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal had passed a standing order of dividing the maalkhanas into two parts first for arms and ammunition and second for costly items that are case property.
This order was not being followed at Sultanpuri police station.