Kerala delegate held for stealing DFF dir's laptop [Goa] [Times of India]
(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) PANAJI: Manydas Kunnambath Venu, a resident of Thrissur, Kerala, and a student of Calicut University has been arrested for the theft of director of film festival Shankar Mohan's laptop.
Picked up on suspicion by private security guards from a venue of the International film festival of India (Iffi), Venu told Panaji police during interrogation that he had taken the laptop and that it was in his hotel room.
"During the search of the room we found other articles. We attached a Kodak digital camera, a Canon digital camera, two mobile phones, one iPod, a black purse, two cards of ICICI bank in the name of Renu Oberoi and a Seagate hard disk," SP Vijay Singh told reporters.
Explaining how Venu was apprehended, Panaji PI Rajendra Prabhudesai told TOI that after the laptop was stolen a few suspicious persons were rounded up and private security guards were told to be extra vigilant.
"A private security guard first saw Venu lift a bag lying at the venue. When he was questioned, he told the guard he took it by mistake. The second time, when he started loitering around the venue again, security guards Mahesh Ghadi Gaonakar and Pavan Yadav caught him and handed him over to the police outpost at the ESG complex."
The student is a delegate at Iffi. Renu Oberoi, programme head, Habitat World, is also a delegate. On November 25 she registered a complaint that her bag was missing from an Iffi venue. It contained her PAN card, driver's licence, ICICI bank debit card, UID card, smartcard vehicle registration, office ID card, 8,000 and a Canon camera, she said.
Mohan's Dell laptop is worth 50,000 and had been stolen from his cabin on November 21. The complaint was filed by Prashant Kumar, deputy director, Iffi administration, said police.
Singh said during interrogation Venu admitted to stealing Oberoi's bag too. He has been arrested under theft Sections 379 and 380 of IPC.
Panaji police have received about 10 complaints of missing mobile phones and delegate passes.
On November 22, Ramesh Nair, a photographer with Solaris Images, Mumbai, complained that his camera and lenses, worth about 2 lakh, were stolen from the room of his hotel opposite the starred hotel where the three-day NFDC bazaar was under way. He was on assignment to shoot at the bazaar. Nair is back in Mumbai and police said they are investigating.
Singh said authorities who issue delegate passes should put checks in place before approving delegates.
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