The Dimple Wine Shop in Powai's Tunga Village was robbed of cash and ₹ eight lakhs worth of liquor has been claimed to be missing! The harrowing robbery is said to have taken place on Monday evening this week. Interestingly the robbery comes at a time when the state government announced the reopening of liquor stores across the country.
According to officials from the Powai Police Station, the thieves surreptitiously entered the wine shop by breaking through the main entrance after successfully bending the shop's metal shutters.The police complaint further adds that the burglars fixed the metal shutters after looting the liquor establishment.
Pramod Dodeja, the 43-Year-old wine shop owner told the police that he had opened the store on Monday after receiving permission from the state government, only to find out that he had been robbed. The victim claims that the around ₹ 1.1 worth of cash and ₹ 7.5 lakhs worth of liquor was stolen from his safe.
The liquor store which had remained closed from 20 March with the owner cutting the power of his shop rendering the store's CCTV useless. The thieves used the lack of security camera coverage to carry out their heist undetected.The Powai police have broadened their search radius,and have asked for CCTV footage of the nearby Tunga Village.
The Powai police have also filed charges against the Wine shop owner under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 144, for violating prohibitory orders, as a result of failing to adhere to social distancing measures during the reopening of the liquor store. Powai police officials have said that the token system proposed by the civic authorities were not being followed in that location.