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Man held for Mumbai robbery

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, JUNE 24. A young man, who allegedly stole one kilogram gold jewellery, Rs. 6 lakhs in cash and other valuables from the office of a Mumbai film producer this May, has been arrested by the Inter-State Cell of the Crime Branch from Khanpur in South Delhi. The police have recovered a part of the jewellery and other stolen articles worth Rs. 4.5 lakhs from his possession.

The Mumbai Crime Branch police recently informed its Delhi counterpart that one Pawan Thakur, who worked as a driver for Alok Srivastava, a film producer with P.K. Creations, had stolen jewellery and cash from the locker of his office on May 7 and was living somewhere in the Capital. Investigations revealed that Pawan, who also identified himself as Rajesh Mishra, was living with his friend at his Khanpur residence.

Subsequently, a police team comprising Inspector Subhash Tandon and others mounted a raid at the hideout and arrested Pawan on Wednesday. A search of his belongings led to the recovery of 400 gm of gold jewellery, a computer bought from the stolen money, three stolen mobile-cam sets and some other stolen articles.

During interrogation, he allegedly confessed to his involvement in the case. He disclosed that he worked as a driver for Mr. Srivastava, who has produced the popular tele-film "Aurat Teri Yahi Kahani" and some films, including "Guru Mahaguru" starring Ashutosh Rana and Naseeruddin Shah.

Recently, Pawan requested him for some monetary help for his sister's marriage. Mr. Srivastava agreed to help, but he never lent the money. This irked Pawan who then conspired with one of his friends, Pradeep, to steal cash and jewellery kept in Mr. Srivastava's locker. After stealing the valuables, Pawan fled to his home at Goddah in Jharkhand. He gave Rs. 50,000 to his father and deposited a like amount in his bank account. The other accused, Pradeep, has also been arrested in Mumbai.

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