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Pune police ‘lost and found’ portal gets over 1,700 cases registered during Ganeshotsav

A total of 1,748 complaints of mobile and chain thefts were reported within two days of visarjan processions

pune Updated: Sep 08, 2017 17:07 IST
Shalaka Shinde
As people crowd streets during visarjan processions, petty thieves, chain-snatchers and pickpockets have a field day.
As people crowd streets during visarjan processions, petty thieves, chain-snatchers and pickpockets have a field day.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

The Pune police receive many cases of mobile and chain thefts during Ganeshotsav where people crowd the streets, making it a breeding ground for petty thieves, chain-snatchers and pickpockets. A total of 1,748 complaints of mobile and chain thefts were reported within two days of visarjan processions on Tuesday and Wednesday.  While 578 cases were filed on the first day, the remaining cases were lodged on Wednesday, the last day of immersion. 

Ashish Bhagwat, a 23-year-old resident of Nigdi, had come to witness the visarjan processions in old Pune when his and his friends' gold chains, collectively worth ₹87,000 were snatched. A case was filed at Vishrambaug police station.  Santosh Jadhav (34) filed a complaint at Faraskhana police station after his mobile worth ₹15,000 was stolen during the visarjan procession. Faraskhana police station also received a theft complaint of mobile phone worth ₹80,000 during the Ganapati visarjan processions.  

Meanwhile, Vishrambaug and Faraskhana police stations arrested Shahebaj Sayed Anil Sayed Ahmed Ali (22), Faggir Mohamad Ahmed Husain Sheikh (35) and Bashir Nisar Sheikh (23) for multiple cases.   

This year, the Pune police had launched a 'lost and found' portal on their website. The complainants who generally crowd police stations were asked to visit the portal and 1,748 cases were registered. As the police were registering cases of senior citizens walking into police stations, most of them were directed to filed the case through the online portal which prepares the case file with the help of IMEI number of the mobile phone.