THE PALASIA police achieved two major successes with the arrest of a thief involved in thefts at Jain temples and a vehicle lifter who was caught red-handed on Saturday.
Palasia TI Deepak Shukla told Hindustan Times that a special team had been formed on the directive of ASP Manoj Shrivastav to keep an eye on cases of theft; particularly in Jain temples after such thefts saw a spurt in recent months. Acting on the information the team arrested Mohammed Shafi Shah of Khandwa, who was staying from some time in the Azad Nagar area, for his involvement in a theft in Jain Dadawadi (temple) in Tilak Nagar about a month back.
Upon interrogation Shah confessed to the crime and the police seized the stolen booty including an ‘ashtdhatu’ Jain ‘jin’ idol, a silver ‘chhatra’ and a small silver throne. He also admitted involvement in other thefts committed with the help of two accomplices now cooling their heels in jail. He admitted having committed thefts in Sanyogitaganj and Khajrana area. The police are hopeful of gaining lead in other thefts committed in Jain temples.
The other arrest was of a vehicle-lifter, Javed of Madina Nagar, who was audaciously in the act of stealing a Pulsar motorcycle parked near Nafees restaurant located across the road from the police station.
The police seized an Indica having an Orrisa number plate on his information. The car is believed to be stolen, as he could not establish ownership. In subsequent interrogation he has also revealed names of some others from Dewas engaged in this trade. The police are investigating leads obtained in both cases.