Water worth ₹73 crore stolen

The accused has sold over 6.10 lakh water tankers since 2006 and each tanker consists of 10,000 litres of water. Under which, the accused would charge ₹1,200 for every tanker

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In a shocking revelation, it was learnt that six individuals from South Mumbai were stealing water and selling it illegally. A case has been registered against six people for ''stealing'' water worth ₹73.18 crore from two illegal wells at Kalbadevi in South Mumbai, the police said on Wednesday.

According to an official, the matter came to light after Sureshkumar Dhoka lodged a complaint with Azad Maidan police about water being stolen from wells, which have been dug inside the compound of Pandya Mansion without necessary permits.

Owner of the mansion Tripuraprasad Pandya was drawing water illegally and selling it through water tanker operators," he said.

Meanwhile, it is alleged that Pandya had even obtained illegal electricity metres to draw water through pumps. The readings of these illegal metres revealed that between 2006 and 2017, the accused had allegedly stolen lakhs of litres of water worth ₹73.18 crore.

The complainant had collected the information about the wells through the Right To Information (RTI) Act. Accordingly, an offence under sections 379 (theft) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against Tripuraprasad Pandya, his son Prakash Tripuraprasad Pandya, his relative Manoj Pandya and tanker operators Arun Mishra, Shrawan Mishra, Dhiraj Mishra and other concerned persons at Azad Maidan police station.

Currently, investigations for the same are underway.

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