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Stolen Items Having Clear Ownership Could Be Returned Forthwith When Recovered: Twin City Police Commissioner


28 July 2018

Bikash Das


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Bhubaneswar: Over the past few months, Commissionerate Police has cracked down on several gang loots and recovered massive amounts of stolen property from their possession. After that, begins the lengthy process of finding the rightful owner of these items and initiating the return process.

Commissioner of Police Y.B. Khurania shares his insights on this process and explains where the cops face a roadblock in the procedure.

“We seize a lot of stolen property after busting several loot cases. Some of these things the Investigating Officer (IO) can return on his own prerogative, while for other things a court order is required. So giving a generalized opinion on this matter will not be fair,” he said.

Explaining that the entire process is case-specific, Khurania said, “Whenever stolen property is recovered, we first check if there is any dispute in the case. Suppose there is no dispute then the items are traced back to the rightful owners and are returned to them by the Investigating Officer or the Inspector In-Charge of the police station where the case is registered.”

“But in cases where there is a dispute of ownership, a court order is required. So the steps that are to be taken differ from case to case,” he added.

Khurania concluded by saying, “So basically, wherever there is an identifiable property and clear ownership is present, then there is no problem of finding the rightful owner and handing the items back to them. In other cases, there might be a problem but rest assured, the police puts in tremendous efforts to return the stolen property back to their rightful owner.”

Notably, the latest major success for Commissionerate Police came on July 26, when a high-profile adept robber Sanjay Kumar Nisank involved in over 12 burglary cases was nabbed by the cops. During investigation, the police recovered huge amounts of stolen property from the accused including 779 grams of gold and 796 grams of silver ornaments.

Apart from Rs 40 thousand cash, 26 laptops, 43 mobile phones, 27 wrist watches, two LED television sets, one motorcycle was also recovered from his possession. Other essentials like expensive clothes, purses, trolley bags, dinner sets and electronic gadgets were also seized.

The process of returning these items back to their owners is currently underway.

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Y B Khurania, Twin City Police Commissioner