Pawnbroker attempts suicide on CCB premises

Pawnbroker attempts suicide on CCB premises

Quizzed for stolen goods

Lal, (42), a resident of MS Palya in Vidyaranyapura was allegedly being harassed by the CCB detectives trying to recover 50 gm of stolen gold from him. Lal landed in the CCB premises and gulped some poisonous substance he was carrying. CCB staff shifted him to Victoria Hospital where he was given a stomach wash and referred to private hospital with ventilator facility.

Prabhu’s son Mangal told Deccan Herald that his father was tense as the CCB policemen, who have for long suspected him of being a receiver of stolen goods, were insisting that he return some stolen gold ornaments. “We are fed up of constant threats. Till now, on three occasions they have forcibly taken away gold weighing  20 gm, 15 gm and 30 gm. For the last 11 months, we had closed the shop and switched over to textile business. On January 5, a few policemen landed and ordered to return 50 gm of gold and my father was summoned to CCB office. Inspector Siddappa was rude and set a deadline to return the gold.”

He added: “All efforts to convince them that we were not into pawnbrokering for the last few months went in vain. We met the Joint Commissioner (Crime), the DG&IGP and finally contacted the National Human Rights Commission. The policemen got furious after NHRC dashed off a letter to the CCB. They threatened to send my father to jail.”
A senior officer said the CCB regularly investigated pawn brokers as they are known to receive stolen property. “We arrested three habitual offenders –– Perumal, Ganesh Kumar and Asif. They confessed to have sold the stolen property to Prabhu Lal and we have to recover the property,” he added. The CCB had booked a case of receiving stolen goods against Lal and the Cottonpet police have registered a case against him for attempting to commit suicide.
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