A gold medallion weighing 80 grams, presented to Sachin Tendulkar, was stolen at an event held to mark the 80th birth anniversary of his father, Ramesh Tendulkar, at Rangsharda auditorium, Ban-dra, on January 29.
According to sources, an FIR of the theft has been registered with the Bandra police.
The medallion, which was a memento for Sachin’s mother, was kept in a box on a chair behind the stage, said sources. Sachin left the venue after the main event and his brother Nitin Tendulkar, who collected the box later, found it empty.
Dwarkanath Sanzgiri, organiser of the function and the complainant, confirmed that the medallion was stolen. “It has sentimental value attached to it so we appeal that it be returned to us by whoever has taken it,” Sanzgiri told HT. “If returned, the person who has stolen it would be pardoned and his name will be kept a secret.”
According to Sanzgiri, the disc was stolen soon after the function finished as many people rushed to get an autograph of Sachin. “Many were trying to take pictures with him and this caused a lot of commotion,” said Sanzgiri, adding that they handed over the video recording of the event to the police.
A senior police officer confirmed that an FIR has been registered. “We are investigating the matter,” said the officer, requesting anonymity.