SRINAGAR: If someone breaks into your vehicle, leaves behind all valuables including laptop and I-Pad, but selectively takes away Rs 1,600 and leather wallet, what conclusion would you make about the case?
Over a month on, police is curiously looking for clues to crack this case though no formal complaint has been filed by victim, Jahangir Rania, a tech-entrepreneur.
On the fateful day, Raina, who runs an IT-firm I-Locus here, was on a trip to his relatives place in the apple town of Sopore. After parking his white Scorpio outside the house in Shiva village, he went in for chitchat with the relatives, whom he was meeting after a long gap.
As the two parties sat together, it was time to discuss myriad topics including political scenario in Kashmir. But what dominated the discussion was value system and growing moral degradation in the society, Raina recapped.
After an hour, as he came out for a drive back home to Srinagar, he found that the rare window of the sedan open, and things lying scattered on the back seat. Presumably I forgot to shut the window properly so somebody broke into the vehicle, he reacted.
Raina had stacked all his valuables in a black bag. It was open, and belongings lying haphazard.
But there was a sigh of relief. The laptop and other costly electronic gadgets, which he says, are his key to global assignments, were safe. Some other valuable documents including those pertaining to the digitization of Aadhar cards were also intact.
But the moment Raina looked for his loaded-wallet, it was missing. Now I was tense, not for the money but because it contained all my plastic cards.
As he and other villagers started looking here and there, there was no clue. Then, suddenly a ray of hope emerged when he could see a small stack of chits at the doorstep of nearby Masjid. Raina rushed to the entrance to find almost everything intact.
The thief had taken away just Rs 1600 and the wallet while being courteous enough to leave back the personal valuables, he said.
The businessman didnt lodge any police complaint as he found the thief very honest. Though he stole the money I want to thank him because had he taken the other belongings I would have been in a mess, Raina said.
The news of theft spread like wildfire in the village, while police which has its informers almost everywhere got to know about the incident. Since then the theft has become topic of discussion among police officials who are curious to know who the thief was. Though no case has been filed, we are trying to ascertain, who the thief could be… Such cases help us improve our manual on criminology, said a top police official.
Superintendent of Police Sopore Harmeet Singh said He(thief) must not have taken other valuables fearing that it could end up in trouble stealing them. So he must have spontaneously decided to prefer the cash alone, the SP said adding But this is a very interesting story.
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