Relative robs NCP leader's godown

NCP gen secy’s relative and two accomplices made off with Rs 10lakh; he and a senior CID officer’s son have been held;
the third accused, a rich bizman’s nephew, is a juvenile


Investigations into a recent complaint of a theft of Rs 10 lakh lodged at Swargate police station has revealed that the kin of three high-fliers — a senior CID officer’s son, an NCP office-bearer’s relative and a nephew of a rich businessman (whose wealth runs into crores) — were involved in the conspiracy and the crime.

Kaustubh Narendra Kurlekar and (top right) Shubham Vijay Hule
Nabbed: The arrested accused have been identified as Kaustubh Narendra Kurlekar and (top right) Shubham Vijay Hule, both residents of Tulshinagar society in Bibwewad

According to police the businessman’s nephew is a juvenile, while the other two have been arrested and remanded in police custody till May 17. The arrested suspects have been identified as Kaustubh Narendra Kurlekar (28) and Shubham Vijay Hule (19), both residents of Tulshinagar society in Bibwewadi.

A police official displays the recovered cash. Pics/Mohan Patil

Police have seized Rs 9.5 lakh in cash, along with a mobile handset and a gold ring purchased by the suspects using the stolen amount. Nationalist Congress Party’s city general secretary Brijmohan alias Balasaheb Shivlal Atal had lodged a complaint against unknown suspects at the Swargate police station. Atal owns an agency of Coca Cola company and has a godown on Marketyard road, which was allegedly burgled by the suspects on the night of May 9.

Balasaheb said, “Shubham’s mother is like my sister and she has been tying a Rakhi on my wrist for many years. She was concerned about Shubham’s future since he was not good at studies. So, I had asked her to let Shubham work at my agency as a manager. He was good at work and I trusted him a lot. Since he was known to me, I used to let him handle cash collected at the agency, but he has betrayed me.”

“I had installed CCTV cameras in the godown premises but there were no cameras in the rear. Since Shubham knew all these things, the trio easily managed to avoid CCTV surveillance and committed the offence,” Balasaheb said.

“Shubham was probably misguided by Kurlekar and the other juvenile friend, both of whom belong to good families. Kurlekar’s father is a senior officer in the army while his mother is a senior officer working in the state Criminal Investigation Department. The juvenile suspect’s uncle is a rich businessman,” Balasaheb added.

Senior Police Inspector Deepak Nikam from Swargate police station said, “The suspects had purchased a smartphone and a gold ring with the stolen amount and were about to leave for Mumbai when our police naik Yogesh Jagtap received a tip off about them. They were nabbed at the ST stand premises.” API Sandesh Kenjale said, “This is the first offence committed by the trio.”

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