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Thieves strike at INS Shivaji in Lonavla

Navy institute loses important training material and electronic projectors; hard drives may also be missing

A rare case of theft that took place at a naval base in Lonavla has sent the Indian navy officials into a tizzy. Important training materials and electronic projectors have gone missing from the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Shivaji also called the Naval College of Engineering, a few days ago.

Officials are reportedly unclear when the theft took place, but they suspect the robbery to have taken place on August 1. Naval officials however claim that the missing material is not sensitive in nature and are reportedly playing down on any serious security breach. However rumours making the rounds indicate that two sensitive computer hard drives have gone missing.

NCE commandant S Srinivas said that an FIR has been lodged with the Lonavala city police station with the hope of recovering the stolen materials soon. "Some training materials have been missing and the complaint was lodged the moment the theft was discovered. It probably took place on the night of August 1," he said, refusing to comment further. Another officer, Captain Bhupesh Tatiar said the theft was not serious and some electronic projectors went missing.

"The theft is not as alarming as it is being portrayed, we have full faith in the local police who are investigating the matter," said Tatiar. When contacted, Assistant Police Inspector SR Gaur, he said that the theft is not sensitive in nature and no major security breach has taken place. "The FIR was lodged on Saturday and we are probing all possible angles in coordination with the naval officials. Six Hitachi projectors have been reported missing. This seems to be the work of regular thieves. No sensitive security-threatening material is missing," he said.

The INS Shivaji is an important defence naval establishment and the premier naval technical institute in the country, where cadets are commissioned as officers in the engineering divisions. It is home to about 5,000 officers, staff and cadets who are trained for a period of three to four years.

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