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Surat police nab 3 in Rs150 mop theft case


The Surat police have nabbed three men in connection with the theft of a Rs150 mop from an office. The cops tracked the thieves with the help of CCTV footage.

The three arrested have been identified as Bharat Kanani, 30, Kalpesh Tejani, 29, and Vijnesh Mangukiya, 26. Bharat is a native of Amreli while the other two belong to Bhavnagar. They at present reside in Surat.

The trio told the police that they had a fight with some people and they needed a weapon to beat them up. They picked up the mop that was outside the complainant’s office to beat the men with whom they had an altercation. 

It is also suspected that the three could have done it to harass the complainant, Janak Bhalada, who is a Right To Information (RTI) activist.

What is the mop theft case?

Janak Bhalada, a resident of Saurashtra Palace in Utran area that falls under Sarthana Police station approached the police after a mop valued at Rs150 got stolen from his office. Janak has an office at Sahjanand Business Hub.

In his complaint, Janak said that the mop had been placed outside the glass partition of his office. On September 4, his brother-in-law had locked the office and gone out.

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On his return, he found that the mop that had been placed outside the partition door was missing. He looked for the mop everywhere and initial investigations revealed some scoundrels had pocketed the mop.

As to why he chose to file a complaint when the mop could be easily replaced, Bhadala said theft is theft irrespective of the value of what is stolen.

“Many people get their valuables stolen but fail to register the complaint as they don’t want to do the rounds of the police station. The police themselves are reluctant to file the complaint,” said Janak.

 He said it is a matter of principle and it is important that the thief is caught irrespective of the value of the goods stolen.