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IFFI delegate Manydas from Kerala arrested robbing laptop

Posted on Nov 26, 10:23PM | UNI

Goa Police today arrested a IFFI delegate Manydas Kunnambath Venu from Thrussur, Kerala, who had stolen laptop of Festival director Shankar Mohan from his office at old GMC building during the ongoing International film Festival of India in the state.

Panaji Town police inspector Rajendra Prabhu Dessai said the accused Manydas, who was a IFFI delegate, when interrogated had confessed his involvement in theft of laptop of IFFI festival director and the same was attached at his instance from his hotel room in the capital city.

Mr Prabhu Dessai said police managed to arrest the accused when an FIR was registered on November 22 by town police station on a complaint from Mr K Prashant Kumar, Deputy Director, administration IFFI, stating that some unknown person committed theft of a laptop worth Rs 50,000 on November 21 between 2100 hrs and 2200 hrs.

Immediately after the complaint, police rushed to the IFFI venue and rounded up a few suspicious persons from the venue.

He said the private security guards, deployed at IFFI Venue, were also briefed about the theft and were asked to keep a watch over suspicious persons. During the drive today, Manydas was also brought to police station as his movements in INOX complex were found suspicious as informed by security personnel by Mahesh Ghadi Gaonkar and Mr Pavan Yadav.

During his detailed interrogation, he confessed his involvement in the crime. When his room in the city hotel was searched, some other articles were also found, including a Kodak Digital Camera, a Canon Digital Camera, two mobile phones, ipod along with it wires/codes and one charger of Dell Laptop, a black coloured purse, two cards of ICICI Bank in the name of Renu Oberoi, registration certificate of a vehicle in Oberoi's name, three laminated cards in the name of Prathima Mithira and four CIS IFFI official cards were also recovered.

Police said on November 25, Ms Oberoi, Programme Head, Habitat world, India Habitat Centre, had complained about her bag missing from IFFI Venue.

The accused has been kept in police custody and he will be produced before the JMFC for remand this evening. A case has been registered against the accused and investigation is in progress, police added.