A man stealing shoes from a mosque located at Azam campus has been caught in the act by CCTV cameras. The man caught on tape is yet to be unidentified and authorities believe he is an outsider.
Following a string of shoe thefts and other personal items from the mosque, college authorities were prompted to install cameras after receiving several complaints from students, who complained that their shoes went missing after they had entered the mosque.
“The mosque is a place where people congregate to pray, read the Quran, and foster better ties among their brethren. Since the past few months, we started receiving complaints about laptop, wallet and other valuables being stolen from the mosque while people were busy offering prayers inside, which prompted us to install CCTV cameras at all the entrances of the mosque,” said Azim Gudakuwala, who monitors the security at the campus.
“On December 4, at 6.13 pm, a person is seen in the CCTV footage, coming to the mosque wearing sandals, and within minutes is seen leaving the place wearing shoes of another person,” he said. Following the incident, authorities have now put boards with pictures of the person stealing the shoes at various places on the campus.
Earlier, too, the mosque authorities received several complaints of footwear being stolen. As similar incidents increased in the past few days, authorities decided to expose the ‘Joota Chor’ in public to send a strong message to such elements that indulge in such activities at pious places.
Gudakuwala said that they have also recovered footage from the dental college building wherein two people are seen coming to the basement where a welding machine was kept and leaving the place with that.
“We are going to display their pictures too across the campus so that they are exposed in public,” said Gudakuwala. “We are sure that the people who are indulging in such acts are from outside the campus who sneak in to steal.”
He said that if the crime is really grave, they inform the police about the same, however in several cases they take their own decision and spare the person by issuing a warning.
Police inspector, Sushma Chavan, of Cantonment police said that they have received complaints regarding the laptop and other valuables being stolen from the Azam campus and are on the look out for the accused.