1. One intruder, a keen cop and 13 sleepless nights; the dramatic tale of solving 12 theft cases at one go

One intruder, a keen cop and 13 sleepless nights; the dramatic tale of solving 12 theft cases at one go

After facing 3 burglaries in his own division, Head Constable Meena, who had to stay awake for 13 nights, finally managed to grab Mohammad Akram, 30.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 16, 2017 12:10 PM
Munshi Lal Meena is a beat officer in the SDA division of Safdarjung Enclave police station. (Source: IE image)

In wake of almost a month of sleepless nights, the Delhi Police head constable Munshi Lal Meena cracked 12 theft cases in the wealthy lanes of Lutyens’ zone and South Delhi. After facing 3 burglaries in his own division, Head Constable Meena, who had to stay awake for 13 nights, finally managed to grab Mohammad Akram, 30. The man admitted to committing 3 thefts in Safdarjung Enclave, 4 in Golf Links, and the one attempted on Tuesday night, June 13. Additional DCP Chinmoy Biswal told the Indian Express that, they failed to find any lead in these theft cases so it was a big catch for them. He expressed his gratitude toward the 54-year-old, Head Constable Meena and assured that he will be rewarded suitably.

Munshi Lal Meena is a beat officer in the SDA division of Safdarjung Enclave police station. While talking to the Indian Express, Meena said that he could not sleep after 3 burglaries in his division. In wake of this he requested the Station House Officer to assign a constable to him and in return he assured that he will catch the guilty. He first checked out the CCTV footage, which showed a highly unfocused image of the intruder. So, Meena decided to increase the patrolling frequency in teh area. He said that constable Ram Das and he used to patrol all night separately to make sure that they do not miss out on any location.

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Finally, things started looking up, but not till a dozen days had passed by in fruitless attempt to find clues. It was around 3 am when he was patrolling on his motorcycle, he spotted a man hailing an autorickshaw in the middle of the road. The moment intruder’s eye caught his motorcycle, he fumbled and got inside the vehicle quickly. The man looked suspicious to Head Constable and he rushed towards him and caught him by grabbing his belt. The man stumbled and started yelling in his own defense, but the image got clear when Meena checked him and found the glove and mask, he used to cover his face. Meena added that soon, dramatically, Akram, the guilty intruder, admitted that he just made a theft attempt in the bungalow, C-5/15 in SDA, when the residents raised an alarm. The police contacted the resident of C-5/15, Namita Gokhale, who appeared to be overwhelmed by the swift efforts of the Delhi Police.

The police also revealed that Akram was involved in 16 burglaries, and was first caught in 2004 by GK Police. Ironically, Akram was used to living a luxurious life and always preferred to ‘work’ alone rather than being a part of any gang.

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