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Police register 25 missing, theft cases after IPL match

mumbai Updated: Mar 15, 2010 01:16 IST
Megha Sood

The Marine Drive police were surprised to find a crowd of Indian Premier League (IPL) spectators outside the police station on Saturday, waving IPL banners.

The crowd had gathered outside the police station after the match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at Brabourne stadium in Churchgate to report the loss of their belongings.

More than 25 people registered missing and theft cases at the Marine Drive police station.

“We have registered more than 25 complaints of theft and missing cases after the IPL match, while daily we register only one or two cases,” said ZM Gharal, senior police inspector of Marine Drive police station.

“Only four to five belongings that were picked up by the lost and found department of the stadium were returned to the spectators, the rest are missing,” added Gharal.

“While the fans were dancing and cheering, the wallets and mobile phones might have fallen from their pockets. Pickpockets, too, took advantage of the crowd,” added Gharal.

A police inspector of the Marine Drive police station said spectators should be more careful about their belongings.

“Since spectators come from far off places and disperse after the match, it would be difficult to trace their belongings.”

When asked whether there would be more security in the next matches, Gharal said: “People should not bring any belonging like purses or large amounts in their wallets.”

“If they are coming to watch the match, they should preferably be empty-handed to avoid instances like these,” Gharal added.

Staff from the CCI at the Brabourne stadium said these instances are not rare.

Even during international matches, they find several wallets and mobile phones lying in the stadium after the matches.