Mystery shrouds the unaccounted Rs 54 lakh. Where the staggering amount gone? Pockets? Police officials and other lower ranked policemen of Crime Branch of Rural Police are the focus of a high-level enquiry in the case and may face the bolt.
The sensational robbery of more than Rs 1.50 crore that was reported on January 25 took the diabolical turn and a disgraceful twist with no mention of the Rs 54 lakh robbery amount. Now, the mystery shrouds the unaccounted Rs 54 lakh. Where the staggering amount gone? Pockets? Police officials and other lower ranked policemen of Crime Branch of Rural Police are the focus of a high-level enquiry in the case and may face the bolt.
It may be recalled, the rural police had cracked the robbery case that occurred on January 25 near Mansar on Nagpur-Jabalpur Road and had brought the accused to the book within 24 hours of the incident. However, the complainant had initially reported the theft of Rs 7000 and three bags but the cops swung into action as soon as they learnt that the actual amount was more than Rs 2 crore.
However, the Rural Police were crying from rooftops that the amount involved in the robbery was over Rs 2 crore. But surprisingly, there was no mention of Rs 54 lakh when the case was registered at Deolapar Police Station. Then where the Hawala money gone? Has it vanished in the thin airs? Questions are being raised whether the Rural Police Crime Branch officials hiding the facts and misleading the top police officials?
According to sources, a confidential report has said that District Superintendent of Police Dr Manoj Sharma has put a Crime Branch official and other policemen on notice and issued an ultimatum to them to come clean in the dubious episode within two days. The Rural Crime Branch, till now, has so far seized Rs 1.80 crore. However, according to sources and reports, the day robbery took place near Mansar, a police official indulged in swindling of a big amount. However, when the DSP Dr Sharma received an input of this alleged swindling, he grilled the officials and other staff of the Rural Crime Branch in order to know the truth.
According to sources, a Narco test of the concerned policemen could throw out the truth from the crafty brains. Some of the Rural Crime Branch officials, in the past, faced serious charges like the one mentioned above. One of the officials faced the disgrace when he was demoted in such a case. The DSP Dr Sharma is very upset over the misleading on the part of the Rural Crime Branch officials and subsequently hiding the crucial facts from him.
It may be recalled, three youths were looted of a very big amount when they were travelling in a travel bus on Nagpur-Amravati Road. The youths were carrying crores of rupees of Hawala with them. The Rural Crime Branch officials have till today could not trace the red-coloured car in which the robbers had come. Now, the role of Rural Police is being questioned over the failure of cracking the high-profile robbery case. There is enormous increase in businessmen becoming targets of highway robbers.
In the Mansar robbery, cops had arrested four persons in connection with the robbery of over Rs 2 crore. The accused were identified as Sheikh Yasin alias Raju Sheikh Nazir (26); Sheikh Afsar alias Afsu Sheikh Sattar (24); and Mohd Naushad Mohd Nawab, all residents of Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Yashodhara Nagar and Mohd Harun Rashid Abdul Hamid (30), a native of Kamptee.
Paresh Mahendra Bhimyani (29) had lodged a complaint with Deolapar police that these miscreants intercepted him near Mansar toll booth and robbed him of Rs 7,000 cash and mobile phones. The thieves also took away three bags. Cops had registered the case and sent a message on wireless about the theft. Paresh said the robbers also attacked other people accompanying him with stones.
Meanwhile, the patrolling police van zeroed in on the white Indica car as the driver drove too fast after seeing them. The cops chased him and took the driver Sheikh Yasin alias Raju Sheikh Nazir in custody.
Later Sheikh Yasin spilled the beans after intense grilling by the police. He informed the police that it was more than Rs 2 crore in the bags. Cops were shocked to learn this new development in the case. They grilled him further and extracted the names of his accomplices involved in the theft. Yasin gave away the names of his other accomplices. The team then conducted raids at their residences and arrested the other accused, as per the directives of Superintendent of Police (Nagpur rural), Dr. Manoj Sharma.
Dr Sharma had informed a press conference that the case was taken casually when the theft of Rs 7,000 cash and mobile was registered. However, police investigation picked up speed after learning about the actual theft amount.
He informed the media that the complainant Paresh was not aware of material inside the bags and thus he informed the cops about Rs 7,000 cash, mobile phones and only bags. Yasin informed them about the cash money being carried in the bags. Dr Sharma further said that Mohd Naushad, Yasin and Sheikh Afsar were all residents of Rajiv Gandhi Nagar. One day, a person informed them that a large amount of money was being brought to the city by betel nut traders. Thus, Naushad, Yasin and Afsar planned to rob the car carrying the money bags. They also took Harun in their plan. On January 25, they stopped Paresh’s car and robbed them of their Rs 7,000, mobile phones and the bags containing more than Rs 2 crore. However, they had to stop when their car broke down. They rented a Tata Indica car and reached Kamptee and later dispersed to their respective places. However, police caught Yasin and their plan was foiled.