Housebreakers strike at Sena leader's NGO office

NGO Stree Adhar Kendra’s office in Vadgaon Dhayari was broken into on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. What’s interesting is that except two receipt books, no other item had apparently been taken by the miscreants. 

Turned inside out: The office of the NGO run by Shiv Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe was ransacked

The staff discovered the lock attached to the main door to be broken and documents pertaining to several cases handled by the organisation scattered everywhere.

Surprisingly, gold ornaments on an idol and silver utensils kept in the cupboard were reportedly safe. This has led to suspicion that the offenders were looking for some ‘specific’ papers related to matters managed by Stree Adhar Kendra.

Shiv Sena state spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said, “All previous thefts reported in Vadgaon Dhayari were for valuables and money. But, in our case the motive seems to be different.

It is true that papers were found strewn all over.” She added that the area where office is located was completely dark at night, owing to non-functional streetlights.

The incident came to light yesterday morning, when counsellors Shelar Guruji and Suchitra Kawasthe found the lock damaged. Personnel from Dattawadi police station rushed to the spot after getting information.

Dinesh Lende, personal assistant to Neelam Gorhe, said, “Each day, more than 20 cases are reported to us. We are currently handling several matters, including death due to drowning of a six-year-old girl at Balgram, and a case against a ‘Godman’ where we have demanded a CID inquiry, as police have failed to arrest the culprit.

More importantly, there’s a case in Aurangabad, which has led to the suspension of two high-ranking police officers is also being heard in court. Considering that the jewellery and silver utensils were intact, we suspect that this act was done purportedly to usurp papers pertaining to some sensitive case handled by us.”

Confirming that all case-related documents were safe, Lende added, “We never keep important papers here, apprehending that they might get stolen.”

Speaking to MiD DAY, inspector Satish Goekar of Dattawadi police station said, “The staff at the NGO is verifying whether or not any documents were stolen. We are considering all possible angles, and I have instructed a team to conduct night patrolling in this area, where the office is situated.” 

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