Uttar Pradesh Police has dismissed seven policemen from the police services for their alleged involvement in the theft of ₹1.40 crore from an employee of a Gujarat businessman in Bilopur district of Varanasi district on May 31.

This comes two days after the arrest of six people, including two policemen, for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping and robbery of a businessman residing in Banda in Al-Ariya district.

Among the seven dismissed constables are the station house officer and three sub-inspectors – SHO Rama Kant Dubey, Sub-Inspectors Sushil Kumar, Mahesh Kumar and Utkarsh Chaturvedi; and Constables Mahendra Kumar Patel, Kapil Dev Pandey and Shivchand. All of them have been posted to Bilobor Police Station in Varanasi district.

While the police said their investigation into the Rs 1.40 crore burglary case is still ongoing and they have arrested four people so far, they are yet to book the seven dismissed policemen.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Varanasi) Santosh Kumar Singh said, “The seven policemen were initially suspended due to negligence and later during investigation they were found to be involved in criminal activity. They have been dismissed from the police services. The investigation of the robbery case is still ongoing and on the basis of the evidence that has been collected, action will be taken against them.”

On May 31, Varanasi Police claimed to have recovered ₹92.94 lakh in cash from an abandoned vehicle in Bilobpur district. Suspecting foul play, senior police officials ordered a preliminary investigation into the incident. During the investigation, the police learned that on May 27, an employee of a Gujarat businessman was robbed, who was staying in a rented flat in Bilopur.

Police contacted the Gujarat-based businessman and his staff who confirmed that the refunded money was part of the money looted from the apartment rented on May 27, a police officer said.

On 4 June, an employee of the businessman, Vikram Singh, also a resident of Gujarat, obtained an FIR filed against Manto Rai, a resident of Varanasi, and 12 unidentified persons on the charge of anonymity at the Bilopur Police Station.

Notably, the car from which the money was recovered belonged to Mantu Rai. Initially, the seven policemen are suspended for dereliction of duty.

Additional Commissioner of Police Singh said that while going through CCTV footage from near the rented flat, investigators spotted a Manto Ray driving with a police jeep to the complainant’s house on 27 May. During interrogation, Ray also admitted his involvement as well as the involvement of the cops in the robbery, said a police officer.

After the incident, the businessman began to approach the highest officials of the government. The cops thought by showing the refund of a large part of the money on May 31, the matter could end without filing an FIR,” said a police officer.

According to investigating officer Rajesh Kumar Singh, who is now appointed as a senior executive in Bilobor, four people — Manto Rai, Ghanshyam, Pradeep and Wasim — have been arrested so far. “Ghanshyam, Pradeep and Wasim have been arrested in Delhi and have been brought to Varanasi in temporary remand… We are investigating the role of the policemen. They are not booked in the case yet,” the IO said.

Two days ago, the police arrested six people, including a police station officer and a sub-inspector, in connection with a kidnapping and robbery case of a businessman residing in Banda. The police also claimed to have recovered about 50 kilograms of silver from their possession which was stolen from the businessman while he was on his way to Oriya with his family on June 6.


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