After serving a city-based businessman for almost 22 years, his servant committed theft worth Rs. 20lakh at his house with the help of his accomplice here in Aminabad.
The servant identified as Subodh Raut from Bihar, committed the crime when the businessman along with his family had gone out of station for four days in the first week of December last year. The police narrated the story of betrayal on Thursday after arresting the servant’s accomplice Shiv Shanker Sahani on January 26 from his house in Bihar’s Seetamani district. Subodh is still at large.
Cops brought Sahani to Lucknow after taking his transit remand from there. The police team also recovered the stolen valuables worth Rs. 2 lakh from his possession.
Sharing the case details, ASP (West), Ajai Mishra said the incident took place with businessman Mohan Lal Agarwal, a resident of Aminabad’s grain market.
Mishra said the mastermind behind the theft is a Bihar resident Subodh Raut, who had been working at Agarwal’s house for the last 22 years and also stayed with him.
“Subodh had left the job at Agarwal’s house around 18 months ago. He returned to Lucknow six months back where Agarwal again kept him as a domestic help after initial resistance," he said and added, “But he had apparently returned with another plan in his mind”.
The ASP said Subodh had tipped off his friend Shiv Shanker Sahani, also from his native place, and called him here after coming to know that Agarwal and his family would be going to Deoria in a relative’s marriage for four days from December 4 to 8.
“As planned, Sahani reached here on the evening of December 4 and slipped into the house with Subodh’s help and hid in a store room on the second floor of the house,” said the ASP. He said, Subodh later left with Agarwal and his family for Deoria.
He said, “After reaching Deoria, Subodh boarded another train to Bihar with an excuse to visit his native place. Sahani single handedly decamped with cash and valuables over ` 20 lakh. They later met in Bihar and distributed valuables among themselves.” Agarwal came to know about the theft when he returned on December 8.