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Residents catch thief but he gives police the slip

Efforts of several residents of Sakinaka were wasted when the thief they had nabbed escaped from police custody on Sunday evening, reports Rachna Pratihar.

mumbai Updated: Oct 02, 2009 01:57 IST
Rachna Pratihar

Efforts of several residents of Sakinaka were wasted when the thief they had nabbed escaped from police custody on Sunday evening.

Residents had caught 25-year-old Gulzar Sheikh after he allegedly broke into two houses in Jari Mari, Sakinaka, and handed him over to the police in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

The residents, however, discovered that Sheikh had fled the police station when they returned on Sunday evening to file a complaint.

The residents said that the police did not even register a first information report (FIR) in the case until Tuesday.

Sheikh, broke into two houses — belonging to c (40) and Wallace Soans (62) — around 3 am on Sunday.

He had stolen six cell phones and Rs 8,000 in cash. “B Natrajan, a guest who had come down from Bangalore had identified Sheikh while he was running away,” said Soans.

Rajan Mudliar (40) was searching for his cellphone and discovered that his empty wallet was lying outside his house.

“When I went to my room to check for the contents of my wallet, I learnt that a thief had broken into my house,” said Mudliar.

Mudliar and 15 members of a local organisation, the Bal Vikas Mandal, had been chatting in the open field near his house when Sheikh committed the thefts.

The residents suspected Sheikh’s involvement. “We told Natrajan to accompany us to look for Sheikh,” Mudliar said.

Sheikh was at his house. The residents handed him over to the Sakinaka police around 7 am and asked them to register a case.

“The police told us to come on Sunday evening as they had to conduct a primary inquiry and recover the stolen property,” Mudliar said.

When the residents reached the police station on Sunday evening, they found that Sheikh had fled.

Residents said that the police refused to register the case despite several requests.

They finally approached the senior inspector of the police station on Tuesday, who, after an inquiry, directed his subordinates to register the FIR.