Posing an open challenge to the city police, in a daring incident unidentified thieves broke the windshield of a car parked at the district collectorate and decamped with a bag containing Rs 70 lakh at around 6 pm on Wednesday. On getting the information, police immediately rushed to the spot and swung into action. Police inspector of City Chowk police station Vijay Sonawane said, a businessman and resident of Sandeshnagar in Garkheda area, Laxmikant Ramvilas Dhoot (53) had purchased a plot measuring 2448 sq feet area on the Beed bypass area from a property dealer Mohammad Sajjad Shaikh Abdul Khalil (Buldhana).
The agreement of sale was done four months ago by paying Rs 26 lakh in advance. As the term of the agreement ended on November 27, the owner had asked Dhoot to pay the remaining Rs 70 lakh to make the registry of the land. Hence, it was decided to complete the transaction on December 4.
Dhoot withdrew Rs 70 lakh from Kotak Mahindra Bank from Waluj on Wednesday afternoon and went to the registry office. He gave the required documents to an agent to complete the registry procedure and also paid the franking amount of Rs 90,000 to him. The agent told him that as the papers had to be prepared so the registry would be done tomorrow. However, Sajjad had to leave the city today, hence, he requested the officers to complete the procedure today itself.
The officers told them that the registry will be done in the evening, hence Dhoot went his home. In the evening, Dhoot came again at the registry office with Rs 69.10 lakh in an airbag. He kept this airbag stashed with amount under the left seat of his Skoda Fabia car (MH-20 BY-2932). The witnesses signed the registry documents and the owner asked for the money before signing the registry papers. Dhoot went to the car to bring the money. When he reached near the car, he found that left windshield of the car was broken and there was no airbag in the car. He immediately told the land owner about it and the witnesses and also informed the City Chowk police. Police inspector Sonawane, PSI Tatikondalwar and the police team rushed to the spot.
Fingerprint experts and sniffer dog squad were called in. The impressions of the fingerprints were taken but the dog could not trace the thieves beyond the district collectorate area. The police have also collected the CCTV footages of the registry office. The police are verifying the footages, Sonawane said. News Source- LT