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Rs 34 lakh stolen from Govt quarters recovered, burglar arrested: SSP Srinagar

Says jeweler involved in buying stolen gold also arrested, but released on bail

Srinagar, Jul 06 : At least 34 lakhs were recovered by Srinagar police along with some foreign currency notes stolen by a thief from six government quarters here, the district police chief, Dr Haseeb Mughal said on Saturday.

Addressing a presser here at Shergadi Police Station, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar said that a man hailing from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district presently at Gousia Colony Khanyar Srinagar was arrested by police who had stolen Rs 34 Lakhs from six government quarters here in different instances.

He identified the arrested thief as Bilal Ahmad, saying that he was working as a middle man and was keeping close eye over the belonging especially jewellery meant for marriage purpose. “The arrested person was managing to enter into the quarters and rob the goods especially jewellery items from there,” he said.

He added that the complaints about the burglary incidents have been registered in four Police Stations including Shaheed Gunj, Shergadi, Parimpora and Saddar Police Stations, adding that Rs 19 lakhs jewelry has been recovered while as the thief had converted the gold worth Rs 15 lakh in his account, which has been freeze accordingly.

SSP further informed that a jeweler from Hari Singh Hugh Street was also arrested for buying the stolen ornaments, who he said has been released on bail issued by the court.

According to news agency, he appealed jewelers not to buy the gold without proper procedure, besides appealing people to remain vigilant while allowing anyone to enter in their homes.

Meanwhile, the complainants whose goods were stolen were also present during the presser. SSP informed that the goods will be released through the court after proper investigations.

Asked about the foreign currency angle, the police officer said that “there is not any angle to it.” (KNS) 

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