Mumbai Police has arrested two men for allegedly stealing from the Cannon Pav Bhaji Stall at Azad Maidan which was shut since the lockdown. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, police said that the thieves stole almost everything from the shop, including 80 kg butter, 20 kg cheese and many utensils meant for preparing and serving pav bhaji.
Police claim that the thefts were committed over two to three months and suspect the duo’s role in thefts in nearby stalls too.
The accused have been identified at Santosh Thapa, 20 and Karan Dharma Jadhav, 25, who live on the footpath near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus subway.
In his complaint, the owner of the stall PN Dandekar told Mumbai Mirror, “On Saturday someone informed me that the grill door of our stall was broken after which it was revealed that a theft had taken place at my shop. 80 kg butter, 20 kg cheese, ten large aluminum vessels, 90 pav bhaji trays, mixers, grinders and dishwashers and 90 utensils have been stolen from the stall. The estimated cost of these items is around Rs 1 lakh.”
The police have recovered the stolen cooking vessels worth Rs 22,000 from the suspects and are questioning the duo to find out where other items were disposed of. A case against the two accused has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.