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Writer Pu La Deshpande’s house on Pune’s Bhandarkar road burgled

The thieves also broke open three other flats in the building located on Bhandarkar road. Nothing was stolen from Deshpande’s flat, but books were found scattered.

pune Updated: Dec 19, 2017 21:52 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Door locks of the flat were broken by thieves to enter the house. Officials said that a cupboard was also broken.(Sanket Wankhade/HT Photo)

The locked house of eminent Marathi writer Pu La Deshpande in Malati Madhav society on Bhandarkar road was broken into by unidentified thieves on Tuesday. However, the burglers went empty handed as the entire flat comprising three rooms was filled only with books and letters. Besides Deshpande’s flat, the thieves also broke open three other flats in the building, Deccan police said.

Deccan police said that though nothing was stolen, the books were found strewn about in the rooms and a cupboard was found broken.

Senior police inspector Ajay Kadam, in-charge of Deccan Gymkhana police station, visited the spot with his team. Deshpande’s nephew Dinesh Thakur lodged a complaint.

Deshpande used to live on the first floor from 1996 to 2000. The room remained closed after his death.

Earlier on April 10,2012, thieves had broken into the house and had strewn the books and the cupboard was also damaged. However, nothing was stolen then, police said

Deputy commissioner of police (Zone I) Basavraj Teli said, “The police will be maintaining a visitors’ register at the apartment. We have asked senior police officials of Deccan police station to take at least one round of the building every day,” he said.

Deshpande, a Padma Bhushan awardee, was a nationally acclaimed humorist, playwright, actor, music composer, singer and director. Apart from penning several best-sellers, he acted in dozens of films, some of which he also directed. Deshpande spent the last years of his life in Pune, where he died on June 12, 2000. His wife Sunita Deshpande passed away in 2009. The Deshpande’s were also famous for their extensive philanthropy for noble causes.

Action

A special meeting of crime branch officials was conducted by joint commissioner Ravindra Kadam who has ordered quick arrest of the suspects involved in thefts, burglaries and house breaking-ins. Crime branch officials have formed different teams to nab the thieves.Meanwhile, armed police patrolling has been ordered by police commissioner Rashmi Shukla.

JM road, FC road, Bhandarkar road on thieves’ hit list

Six incidents of house break-ins were reported on Fergusson College road, Jangli Maharaj road and Bhandarkar road areas of Deccan during the past three days wherein cash and jewellery worth ₹6.87 was stolen. These incidents have now kept the city police on tenterhooks.

Even the crime branch besides the local police, has swung into action with no less than additional commissioner (crime) Pradeep Deshpande visiting the spots and instructing his team to crack the cases at the earliest. Deshpande told Hindustan Times that the crime branch teams were investigating the leads and the culprits would be arrested soon.

According to the Deccan police, four flats of Pu La Deshpande, which were converted into two flats after reconstruction, were found burgled with their door locks broken .Besides, another flat of their neighbour was also burgled.

Similarly, unidentified thieves broke into the house of a prominent medical practitioner Dr AV Kulkarni (72) located in Madhuban Society on FC road and decamped with ornaments and other valuables estimated to be worth ₹3.75 lakh on the night intervening between Saturday and Sunday.

The apartment was locked for the past few days and suspects broke into the house at night and fled away with the cash and valuables.The incident was reported to the Deccan police on Monday when the family came back and lodegd an FIR . Dr Kulkarni practices medicine at Rajgurunagar and stays three days a week there and the remaining days in Pune. The night watchmen was asleep at the time of the theft, Deccan police said.

In yet another incident on Sunday, unidentified thieves stole ornaments and cash worth ₹3.12 lakh from the residence of Deccan Education Society vice-chairman Vikas Kakatkar which is located on JM road.

Deccan police station in-charge Ajay Kadam informed Hindustan Times that the patrolling has been intensified in the area and the police were on the lookout for the suspects.

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 21:50 IST