Four sandalwood trees stolen from Raj Bhavan in Pune

The latest incident has once again brought to fore the security issue as Raj Bhavan is located within close distance of Chatuhshrungi police station. A case under Section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Chatuhshrungi police station.
The Raj Bhavan authorities had written at least 12 letters to the Pune police commissionerate requesting them to take concrete steps to curb the rising incidents of sandalwood theft on the campus.(HT PHOTO)
The Raj Bhavan authorities had written at least 12 letters to the Pune police commissionerate requesting them to take concrete steps to curb the rising incidents of sandalwood theft on the campus.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 03, 2018 04:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByNadeem Inamdar, Pune

Raj Bhavan, the monsoon residence of the governor on Aundh road, has become a target of sandalwood thieves as unidentified people struck at the premises, chopped off four sandalwood trees between the night of April 30 and morning of May 1 and escaped.

The latest incident has once again brought to fore the security issue as Raj Bhavan is located within close distance of Chatuhshrungi police station. A case under Section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Chatuhshrungi police station.

Dinesh Deshpande, security officer at Raj Bhavan, lodged the police complaint. There have been sandalwood thefts at Raj Bhavan in the past, but the Pune police have reduced its patrol strength from three to one for the campus.

The Raj Bhavan authorities had written at least 12 letters to the Pune police commissionerate requesting them to take concrete steps to curb the rising incidents of sandalwood theft on the campus.

Three sandalwood trees were chopped and logs stolen from the premises of Raj Bhavan on June 15, 2013. The Chatuhshrungi police had arrested eight persons, including the prime accused identified as Hanmanta Yellapa More (45), in connection with the case. Police inspector Dayanand Dhome said that investigations are in progress and the suspects will be arrested soon. Police sub inspector (PSI) Ashirwad Shinde is investigating the case.

Past cases

June 15, 2013 - Three sandalwood trees were chopped and logs stolen from the premises of Raj Bhavan.

August 14, 2015 - A sandalwood tree on the alley next to the official residence of Pune rural police superintendent (SP) on Pashan road was chopped and the log stolen. The theft came to light when some policemen found the remains of the chopped tree.

June 22, 2013 - Unidentified persons cut down and stole three sandalwood trees worth Rs15,000 from the premises of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Salisbury Park.

August 4, 2017 - Six sandalwood trees were chopped and stolen from the National Institute of Banking Management (NIBM) campus at Kondhwa despite tight security.

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