In a repeat performance that speaks volumes for the law and order situation, thieves lost no time in striking again at the same court in the city.
For the second time in two days, burglars on Tuesday night broke into the locked courtroom of a sessions court judge and decamped with some case papers.
Monday saw the first break-in when unidentified burglars climbed up to the third-floor courtroom and ransacked it before decamping with Judge Shrihari Davare’s robe.
Tuesday night saw thieves using the same methods to enter Davare’s courtroom and the police are investigating what went missing. The thieves once again ransacked the stenographer’s locker and other documents lying inside the courtroom.
As they were going through the place, a police constable who is regularly deployed every night outside the sessions court registrar’s office found some movement inside Davare’s courtroom and immediately alerted his counterpart below.
While the two policemen tried to find out what was happening, those inside the courtroom fled through the toilet window inside Davare’s chamber.
“We are probing all angles and will nab the accused soon,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Brijesh Singh said.
A police official said Singh and other senior police officials on Wednesday met Principal Sessions Judge RR Vaccha to discuss the case details and the possibility of round-the-clock deployment on the sessions court premises.
“The incident is serious as it has happened for the second time and in the same court room,” Singh said. “Judge Davare is hearing two important cases of Pravin Mahajan and Dawood Ibrahim henchmen Anil Parab.”
On Monday, when the court reopened after the Diwali vacation, it came to light that some unidentified persons had tried to steal some documents from the courtroom of Judge Davare and Judge K.T. Rathod. On Tuesday, after Davare’s robe was found missing, the police failed to deploy extra security.
Davare has appealed to the court authorities to shift his courtroom from no 24 to the vacant no 16. Court officials said the move had been allowed and he will shift on Monday.
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