Pimpri-Chinchwad Police have arrested four people, including two plumbers, in connection with the theft of around 100 ductile iron pipes worth over Rs 10 lakh from the premises of the supply department in water from the Khed taluka district of Pune.
Police identified those arrested as Amol Gore (28), Hanumanta Kattimani (32), Atish Kamble (22) and Sundar Dodamani (33).
A First Information Report (FIR) in the case was filed at Mahalunge Police Station under the jurisdiction of Pimpri-Chinchwad by officials of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran, the Department of Water Supply and Sanitation of the state government. Officials said the pipes were stolen between April 8 and April 10 from the department’s premises in the Waghjainagar region.
Senior Inspector Arvind Pawar, Officer in Charge of Mahalunge Police Station, said: “During the preliminary investigation, it was clear that these heavy ductile iron pipes could not have been moved without the help of a crane operator. During the launch of the probe, one of the teams concentrated on the crane operators. From one of the operators in the area, we learned that people posing as water supply contractors had asked him to move the pipes to another location. We subsequently arrested four people and recovered the stolen pipes from them. Two of them have robbery records against them and two of them work as plumbers. We are trying to find out if they implicate other people.
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A Pimpri Chinchwad Police Jurisdiction official said: “In this case, there were no CCTV cameras or guards in these premises for the security of this valuable public property. We have observed that the same is true for many public and private entities in the industrial zone of Chakan and Khed. We call on all these entities to install security cameras and employ guards. We also call on people to report any suspicious activity they see in industrial areas to us.