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FIR registered against Mumbai constable who robbed ₹1.20 lakh from roommate

The two had been sharing a room at BDD chawl near the Naigaon police ground since July last year, said the complainant.

mumbai Updated: Feb 10, 2018 00:25 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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Pawar was intoxicated when he picked up Patil’s bag and started to leave the house. One of his friends tried to stop him, but Pawar had already left with the money.(Representational photo)

A first information report (FIR) was registered on Thursday against a constable from the motor vehicle (MV) department in Nagpada police for allegedly stealing a bag containing cash worth Rs1.20 lakh from his roommate in Bhoiwada.

The accused, Arun Pawar, 28, is a driver at the MV department. His roommate, Hiralal Patil, 30, is a constable in the local arms department.

The two had been sharing a room at BDD chawl near the Naigaon police ground since July last year, said Patil in his complaint.

“In October last year, Patil had returned from his village with the cash and had kept it in the room. Since the two were roommates, Pawar was aware of the cash,” said a police officer from Bhoiwada police station.

Pawar had invited his friends to the room to drink alcohol when Patil was on duty, the police officer added.

Pawar was intoxicated when he picked up Patil’s bag and started to leave the house. One of his friends tried to stop him, but Pawar had already left with the money.

After Patil noted that his bag was missing, he approached the senior officials to ask Pawar to return the cash. However, Pawar did not return with the money and has not shown up on duty for the past six months. A case of theft has been registered against him under section 380 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In an earlier case filed against him, Pawar had been arrested in April 2017 by the Nagpada police for cheating a Kalyan resident of Rs3.20 lakh by promising him a job in the postal department.

A job aspirant, Vinayak Gholap, met Pawar in March last year. Pawar promised to give Gholap a job in the postal department, said Sanjay Baswat, senior police inspector of Nagpada police station.

“Pawar told Gholap that they would go to meet a postal officer. Pawar introduced Gholap to a man, who was paid to just say ‘yes.’ The third man was not aware of the transaction,” said Baswat. “Pawar then demanded Rs 3.20 lakhs from Gholap to pay the official.”

However, when Pawar began avoiding his calls, Gholap approached the Nagapada police and registered a case under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC. “We had arrested him, but he was later released on bail ,” added Baswat.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 00:25 IST