Being a monkey in the caged balcony of my apartment; I am watching Television – The Sony Bravia which was stolen a few months ago. On 3rd September, 2013 when an unknown thief had lifted the Television; I had never thought that it will come back home one day.
On 3rd December, 2013 I receive a phone call from my apartment security; stating that there is a police man who has come to see me. I leave all my official core and left towards home in a jiffy. When I reached home after a 30 minutes fight with the Bangalore traffic, I found that the police man had not waited for me leaving the security at his place. In his Ghurkha Hindi; he tells me that my stolen television set was found from Rajarajeshwari Nagar in Bangalore, while the police were trying to bust some other thief racket. The burglar had confessed and had identified my house from where the Sony Bravia was stolen.
Under the leadership of Sub-inspector Murthy from the Wilson Gardens Police station; recovered the stolen TV; from the thief’s hub at Rajarajeshwari Nagar. Among them were many other electronic gadgets like an iPad, DVDs’ and so on. While I visited the police station as a claimant of the stolen property I saw a young boy about 10 or 12 among the adult burglars enjoying a biriyani offered to him by the police constables. I had Mr. Gupta, my neighbour; accompany me to the station. Unfortunately the mobile phones stolen from his house were not recovered.
They told me that it would take about a week to release those recovered properties to its actual owners. However a week turned two then three and my fight to have them released by the court went on. Figuring out a lawyer who will help was not a challenge, but finding a lawyer who will charge me reasonable to have them released was a challenge.
The first lawyer whom I approached was charging me about 1/3rd of the cost of the TV. I rather asked him to have the television with him for the price he was demanding. After a wait of 2 months; during the first week of February, the Metropolitan Magistrates court of Bangalore had finally issued the release order to take the property home.
Better late than never! It is a great effort put forward by the Bangalore police to take the complaint seriously and find a stolen property.
This is my first experience with the Bangalore police who did not demand a bribe. All credit to Sub Inspector Murthy and his team. This incident in fact reinstates hope among the common man in Bangalore. Let justice prevail above all grave injustices witnessed by the world today.
Kudos to Sub Inspector Murthy and his team!
Wilson Garden – Police Station; Bangalore