Pune: Sleuths from Swargate police station have nabbed two men from Rajasthan and recovered cash, gold, silver and diamond ornaments worth Rs 34.92 lakh from their possession.
They had stolen booty worth Rs 39.92 lakh, which was kept in a safe in the bungalow of a doctor in Salisbury Park on October 1.
The arrested accused, who work as cooks, have been identified as Bhajanaram Chunaram Legha (23) from Datina village and Manakram Babutram Thori (21) of Khatoda village in Rajasthan. Legha had been in Pune for about five years while Thori came here during the festive season on a contract basis. They had targeted the house of Dr Pravin Chordiya and his son Gaurav Chordiya had registered a FIR about the burglary.
According to the police, a third accused who knew about Chordiya is yet to be arrested. Chordiya and his family members had gone out of Pune. There was a watchman, dog and CCTV surveillance at the bungalow. The two arrested accused scaled a pipe of an adjacent house and entered the bungalow from the rear. They were in the bungalow for a little over one hour.
“They lifted the 50 kg safe and went out without being noticed by the watchman or the dog but CCTV cameras captured their act. As per the plan, they travelled to their native places in the bus with the safe. With the help of local smith, they broke open the safe and took out the ornaments. The safe was then hidden in a farm. But before they could dispose of the ornaments, which they had divided among themselves, our team caught them and investigations are on to nab the third accused,” Additional Commissioner of Police (south region) Ravindra Sengaokar told a press conference on Saturday.
The arrested accused were brought to Pune and produced before a magistrate court, which has remanded them to 10 days police custody. “Both of them are school dropouts and their families own agricultural land,” said DCP (zone 2) Dr Pravin Mundhe.
The investigation team included PSI Samadhan Kadam, head constables Sajjad Shaikh, constable Shedge from the detection branch of Swargate police station, and South Region's Anti-Dacoity Cell's API PR More, Head Constable Dinesh Shinde, Naik Ayyaz Daddikar, Constable Nitin Jadhav and Naik Sachin Dhawle, technical analysis expert from DCP office.