As Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj palkhi passes through Pune, multiple thefts reported during wari  
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As Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj palkhi passes through Pune, multiple thefts reported during wari  

Pune police recorded a large number of thefts when the palkhi procession passed through the city as citizens had gathered to pay their respects to it

pune Updated: Jun 21, 2017 16:44 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Warkaris (pilgrims) gather around the Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi at Vishrantwadi in Pune.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

As lakhs of devotees of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj passed through Pune over the past two days as a part of the annual pilgrimage to Pandharpur, multiple incidents of theft were reported in the city.

Ajay Mahajan (45), a resident of Khadakwasla, filed a complaint against two women, a 45-year-old resident of Nanded and 42-year-old resident of Solapur, for snatching gold jewellery from citizens who had gathered to witness the warkaris on their way to Pandharpur from Alandi. The women snatched gold jewellery worth Rs 2,25,000 from people between Magazine Chowk and Sai Mandir Alandi Road on Saturday around 9:30 am, according to a police statement. A case was registered at the Dighi police station.

Vipul Surve (31), a resident of Yerwada, filed a complaint against an unknown person for stealing his mobile phone worth Rs 35,000. The incident was reported on Sunday around 1:30 pm when Surve was paying his respects to the palkhi. The Yerwada police filed a case against an unknown person.

Similar incidents were reported from Deccan and Bhosari. A gold chain worth Rs 1,40,000 was stolen in Deccan while a mobile phone worth Rs 49,900 was stolen from Bhosari.

All these cases were registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 379 which entails punishment for theft with imprisonment for three years or fine or both.

Senior police inspector Ajay Kadam filed a complaint against Sambhaji Bhide, Sanjay Jadar and over 1,000 other people for forcefully entering the procession with saffron headgears and swords while raising slogans praising Shiv Pratishthan, their organisation. This incident was reported to the Deccan police on Sunday and the pilgrims' organisation had suspended their march between 7 pm and 8:50 pm.

First Published: Jun 21, 2017 16:43 IST