Man who stole 8 LED panels from Vidhan Bhavan nabbed

Jul 19, 2012, 07:24 IST | Saurabh Vaktania

Thief had decamped with the panels from the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Maharashtra Legislature last year

The Marine Drive police, with the help of a complainant, have arrested a thief who had stolen eight large LED panels from an event to celebrate the platinum jubilee of Maharashtra Legislature during October last year, which was attended by President Pratibha Patil.

Staged robbery: One of the eight LED displays at the Maharashtra Legislature platinum jubilee celebration last year, which were later stolen that night

Ironically, the accused fell into a trap orchestrated by the complainant, who on learning that they were trying to sell the panels, posed as a customer and nabbed them with the help of the police.

The complainant in the case, Siraj Ahmad is the owner and founder of Basera Digital System Pvt Ltd based in Vikhroli. According to Ahmad, they supply several digital products and mostly large LED display panels to major events in India.

Ahmad said that on October 16, his company had supplied digital products at the Oberoi hotel, which consisted of eight large LED panels. After the event ended, Ahmad shifted the LED panels to the premises of the Vidhan Bhavan on the same night. The next morning, when Ahmad arrived at the premises, eight panels were missing. He said, “I first thought that we had forgotten the panels at the hotel, but when we searched there, nothing was found. When we later came to know that the panels had been stolen, I went to Marine Drive police station and registered a complaint.”

LED trap
Ahmad said that initially, he had visited the police station without any luck. In the first week of July, however, Ahmad came to know through his sources that a person wanted to sell few panels. Since they were in the same business, Ahmad decided to contact the seller. He said, “The person wanted to sell eight panels, which is the exact number of panels that were stolen from us. I sensed something fishy in the deal.”

On Friday, Ahmad went to meet the person who was interested in selling panels. When the panels were shown to him, he recognised them as the same panels that belonged to him. While a few of his associates waited outside, Ahmad informed the Marine Drive police. The police then reached the spot and arrested the three accused.

Senior police inspector Zunjarrao Gharal of the Marine Drive police station said, “We have arrested Tushar Gajanan Ramavde (31), a sub-contractor under Section 379 (theft) of IPC. The accused may be involved in many other cases.” 

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