The Uran police arrested two persons for allegedly stealing 83 identity cards of contract workers employed with ONGC plant in Uran on Friday.
The accused, Kalpesh Thakur (22) and Rupesh Patil (23) both residents of Nagaon, also worked at the ONGC plant. The duo had planned to sell back the cards to the workers, the police said. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Bansidar Shirsat, “Every four years, ONGC awards a contract to paint the plant. This time it was awarded to Global Corrosion Control and hence identity cards were issued to the workers.”
“On June 17, the ID cards were stolen, following which a complaint was lodged with the police. The Intelligence Bureau too was investigating the matter as ONGC is a sensitive installation and the cards could also be misused,” added Shirsat. Assistant Police Inspector Ravindra Daundkar said, “The duo planned to sell the cards back to the workers and earn money. They would have earned Rs 600 for every card.”
“We have recovered all the cards,” he added.