Cop accused of theft 'goes into hiding'

A police officer accused of aiding a theft attempt at Mysore Mines has reportedly gone into hiding.

According to sources in the police, Abdul Saleem, the inspector attached to Champion Reefs police station has filed for anticipatory bail and is now not traceable. It is said Saleem approached the court for bail after he became sure of his arrest in connection with the case.

On August 17, a gang of 14 men attempted to steal a pipe through which water containing gold traces had flown at the Mysore Minerals Mines. After preliminary inquiry,  the police had arrested three security personnel.

However, new names cropped up during investigation and Anand Singh Rawat, the chief security officer and a second-in-commandant in Border Security Force, was arrested.

It also came to light Saleem facilitated the theft attempt. However, the City police were ‘embarrassed’ to arrest their own officer and there were allegations that the cops were “soft” on Saleem.

The investigating team led by the assistant sub-inspector recently visited the house of Saleem in Bangalore to trace his whereabouts. However, sources in the police said Saleem, after applying for advance bail, has gone into hiding.

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