Two thieves helped the police in blowing the lid off the curious case of a wealthy government clerk on Tuesday morning.
“Two junior officers were patrolling their beat area near old Seelampur railway crossing on Tuesday morning, when they recovered more than Rs 29 lakh in cash from a thief,” said KC Dwivedi, additional commissioner of police (east).
Little did they know, then, that the booty was the fraction of a fortune that had been stolen from the west Delhi residence of a junior government employee on December 2.
“The money belongs to an upper division clerk in the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). When, where and over what period of time he was able to amass such a fortune is a matter of investigation. He had initially told the local police that just R1 lakh was missing from his house,” said a senior police officer.
According to the police, head constable Satendra and constable Sudhir Kumar found on Mukesh Todi nervously lugging a small bag as he walked to the Anand Vihar Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT).
“Suspicious of his movements, the officers took Todi aside and on checking his bag and clothes, they found wads of R1,000 notes,” said the officer.
Police said the officers then counted the cash in the presence of their colleague head constable Rishi Pal.
The money totalled R29 lakh in crisp currency notes.
“Todi, when questioned told the officers that the money recovered was part of R50 lakh that he and his brother-in-law Pawan had stolen from the Moti Nagar residence of Kuldeep Kumar, an upper division clerk at the Delhi Jal Board (DJB),” the officer said.
On the basis of Todi’s confession, the remaining Rs 21 lakh was recovered.
“This led us to approach the Moti Nagar police station to ascertain whether the duo’s claim was true. Though a case of theft at Kuldeep’s house was registered on December 2, the amount that the FIR mentioned was between Rs 1 and 1.25 lakh,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, Satendra, Sudhir Kumar and Rishi Pal have been awarded for their honesty. “The trio was given the ‘Asadharan Karya Puraskar’, besides a cash reward of Rs 10,000 each, for their honesty,” Dwivedi added.