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Theft cuffs on employee

A private firm employee, who had lodged a complaint with Parsudih police three months ago, claiming that he had been robbed of cash belonging to his company while going to a bank, was arrested on Tuesday for cooking up the entire story and stealing the money himself.

A sum of Rs 1.47 lakh in cash and the stolen cell phone were also recovered from 45-year-old man Kishan Maheswari, who had filed the complaint on September 12. Police remanded him to 14-day jail custody on charges of misappropriation of funds.

“The culprit has finally been arrested. He is none other than the complainant himself,” said SSP Amol V. Homkar.

The SSP added that Maheswari had cooked up the entire loot story. “Acting on a tip-off, we interrogated Maheswari and made him confess to the crime. We have also recovered Rs 1.47 lakh and the cell phone from his Sundernagar house,” said Homkar.

On that day, Maheswari, who works for a Sundernagar-based trading firm, had gone to deposit Rs 1.67 lakh in a Bistupur bank. His employer Bhimsen Sharma had given him the cash. Instead of depositing it, Maheswari rushed back, saying that two bike-borne criminals had snatched Rs 1.25 lakh from him at gunpoint.

Toddler burns death

A two-year-old girl succumbed to burns at Tata Main Hospital on Tuesday. Arpita, daughter of one Gopinath Dey, had sustained 80 per cent burns when a frying pan with hot cooking oil fell on her at their house in West Midnapore district of Bengal on December 28

Drugged and robbed

A youth was robbed of Rs 8,000 and his cellphone when he lost consciousness at an eatery near Sitaramdera bus terminus on Tuesday afternoon. Police suspect Md Imran, a resident of Ring Road in Ranchi, had been drugged. Imran, a driver, has been admitted to MGM hospital.