A Varanasi court has declared seven former police personnel “proclaimed offenders” in a case of alleged robbery of Rs 1.40 crore from a Gujarat-based businessman in May this year.
The seven former police personnel, including former SHO and three former sub-inspectors posted at Bhelupur police station in Varanasi, have been absconding since they were booked in the robbery case and were subsequently dismissed from service.
The seven accused policemen are former SHO Rama Kant Dubey, former sub-inspectors Sushil Kumar, Mahesh Kumar, and Utkarsh Chaturvedi; and former constables Mahendra Kumar Patel, Kapil Dev Pandey, and Shivchand.
“Since the accused former cops remain to be absconding, we moved the court against them. The court has declared them proclaimed offenders. The court’s notices will be pasted at their residence. If they remain absconding, we will move the court for attaching their properties,” said Inspector (Crime) Virendra Singh.
The case dates back to May 31 this year when a police team of Bhelupur claimed that they had seized Rs 92.94 lakh cash from an abandoned car. Suspecting foul play, the Varanasi Police launched an inquiry against the seizure of the money. During the probe, it came to light that an employee of a Gujarat-based businessman, who was staying at a rented accommodation in Bhelupur, was robbed of Rs 1.40 crore on May 27.
During the probe, the businessman and his staff confirmed to the investigators that the recovered cash was part of the cash looted from the rented flat on May 27. Later, the businessman’s employee, Vikram Singh, also a resident of Gujarat, got an FIR registered at Bhelupur police station against one Ajeet Mishra, a Varanasi resident, and 12 unidentified people on the charges of dacoity.
During the scrutiny footage of CCTVs installed near the Singh’s rented flat, the vehicle of one Mantu Rai an a police jeep heading towards the complainant’s house on May 27 were spotted.
During the questioning, Rai admitted his involvement as well as of the policemen of Bhelupur police station in the case, a police officer said.
According to the investigators, the accused cops showed the recovery of Rs 92.94 lakh after the Gujarat-based businessman started approaching senior authorities in the government. Fearing that their involvement would come to light, the accused policemen showed recovery of money hoping that the matter would get resolved.
However, the role of the accused policemen cropped up during the interrogation of other accused and CCTV footage. Five persons, all residents of Varanasi, have been arrested in the case so far. The accused policemen were suspended for “dereliction of duty”. In the departmental inquiry, they were found to be allegedly involved in criminal activities and were dismissed from services in June.