Tourists forgive accused
Police today cracked a theft case in Dal Lake.
Police spokesperson in a statement said a complaint was received from two Israeli tourists wherein they stated that while their stay in a houseboat in Dal Lake, they found that 1050 US $ (dollars) are missing from their bag, amounting to Rs 70,000.
“On receiving this complaint, a police team of police post Nehru Park led by in-charge police post Nehru Park Sameer Ahmad Lone started investigating the matter. During the investigation, number of suspects including the owner of house boat and its staff were called in and questioned.” the statement said.
The statement said during questioning, a suspect was zeroed in, who after sustained questioning confessed the crime and later returned the money. “However, the tourists on humanitarian basis forgave the accused and withdrew the complaint, keeping in view the poor financial background of the accused,” it said.
“Moreover, it is reiterated to hotel owners association as well as houseboat owners association that they must inform the concerned police station as and when they hire any staff for their hotels or houseboats. The accused was appointed by the houseboat owner without ascertaining the credentials from the concerned police station,” the statement said.
“Finally the duo tourists thanked Srinagar police particularly police team Nehru Park for the timely help and instant recovery of their money and left for their respective destinations happily,” it added. ASI Ghulam Hassan was also part of the investigation.