A 26-year-old constable from the motor transport (MT) department of the Mumbai police took his wife and children for a picnic around the city and Thane. His mistake: he took a police jeep that too without informing anyone.
With no information about the vehicle, the department officials were surprised to find it parked at the spot it was taken from after 24 hours.
The constable, Basapa Shivaji Sakhare, a resident of Visava, Thane, was arrested and now has been suspended. He will face a departmental inquiry, the police said.
“On September 12, Sakhare took away a police jeep, MH01 BA 4310, f rom Shefard Ro a d , outside the MT department’s compound in Nagpada. He went for a picnic to Thane, Borivli National Park and the Gateway of India with his family. The next day, he quietly parked the car and left,” said inspector J Ramane, Nagpada police station. Inspector Nasir Pathan of the MT department said they were about to file an FIR with the police on September 13. “I was informed by a constable that someone had parked the missing car. When I checked, I found that the engine was still hot. We then registered a complaint with the police,” said Pathan.
Based on information they received, the police arrested Sakhare on Tuesday. “The constable had taken the car on his day off,” said an officer from the MT department, adding that he had also filled petrol from the police petrol pump.
Sakhare was booked under section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code and was subsequently released on bail by a local court, said Krishna Kadam, assistant inspector, Nagpada police station.
“I am going to order a departmental inquiry to find out whether he has done this in the past as well,” said Atul Patil, DCP, MT department.