New Delhi: In a curious case, a Delhi
government employee claimed burglars got away with a little
more than Rs one lakh from his house but thieves, arrested in
connection with the crime, said they took away Rs 50 lakh!
The case came to light when police arrested a youth
Mukesh Todi while he was roaming around suspiciously near Old
Seelampur railway crossing in east Delhi early yesterday.
The incident also brought out the honesty of three
policemen who did not "waver" at the sight of huge amounts of
money recovered from the thieves, Additional Commissioner of
Police (East) K C Dwivedi told reporters today.
"It is a case of exemplary honesty," Delhi Police
Commissioner B K Gupta told PTI.
Todi told police that Rs 29 lakh they recovered from
him were part of around Rs 50 lakh he along with his brother-
in-law Pawan stole from the Moti Nagar residence of Kuldeep
Kumar, an Upper Division Clerk of Delhi Jal Board.
"Head Constable Satendra and Constable Sudhir Kumar
were patrolling when they saw a youth in suspicious
circumstances. They apprehended him and during a search, they
found huge cash with him," Dwivedi said.
The money was counted in the presence of a witness and
was totalled at Rs 29 lakh. Later, a raid was conducted at the
residence of Pawan and his brother Vikas to whom the former
had given Rs 21 lakh to hide.
"Rs 21 lakh were recovered from Vikas` residence where
he had hidden it inside a bed and Vikas was arrested," Dwivedi
During interrogation, he said, the duo told police
that Pawan and Todi had stolen the money from a house in Moti
Nagar which was later identified as that of Kumar.
However, Kumar had told police that only Rs 1-1.25
lakh of cash and jewellery were missing from the house in the
burglary which took place on December two night when he and
his family were out for his nephew`s marriage.
Asked whether they were investigating the source of
income of the the government employee, a senior police
official said they were investigating the matter. "We will
also inform the matter to the competent authority," he said.
Dwivedi said the policemen "showed unflinching
integrity and high professional conduct while they had an
opportunity to conceal the recovery of the huge amount of
unaccounted cash from a thief in the middle of night".
The three policemen were given `Asadharan Karya
Puraskar` for their services besides a cash reward of Rs
10,000 to each.