Kerala student arrested for stealing IFFI director’s laptop

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The accused Manydas Kunnambath Venu seen with a policeman on Monday. (Nandesh Kambli)

PANAJI: Manydas Kunnambath Venu (27), who came as an IFFI delegate from Kerala and arrested for stealing the laptop of the IFFI director, Mr Shankar Mohan,   has turned out a complex psychological case of an educated, middle-class youth taking compulsively to thieving.

Police sources said Venu was caught by a security guard after a hot chase and handed over to the police on Sunday night.
Son of an ex-serviceman from Pukunnkam, Thrissur, Venu is a student of film direction at Calicut University. He is also pursuing master’s degree in philosophy.
During the police interrogation he confessed to the theft of a laptop.
Following the complaint lodged on November 22 by Mr K Prashant Kumar, deputy director of administration, IFFI, over the laptop theft at the IFFI venue at Old GMC, private security guards posted at the venue were alerted by the police so as to keep a watchful eye on people moving in suspicious manner.
On Sunday after the last show Venu was moving alone suspiciously, so a security guard Mr Mukesh Jadav alerted his colleague Mr Vimlesh Singh, who caught him after a hot chase near the branch of IDBI Bank at 11.45 p.m. The security guards zeroed in on Venu because earlier Venu had been caught for lifting a bag.  He, however, had hoodwinked the security personnel by telling them that he lifted the bag by mistake.
The police interrogated him in the custody where he revealed every detail of the theft to the investigating police officer PSI, Mr Anand Gaonkar and others.
It is learnt that Venu befriended the security guard of the locker room and stealthily stole things from the bags of IFFI delegates.
During the search of his hotel room, the police found the stolen laptop of Mr Mohan, a Kodak digital camera, a Cannon digital camera, two mobile handsets. one iPod along with its wireless cords, a charger of Dell laptop, a black-coloured purse, two cards of ICICI Bank in the name of one Ms Renu Oberoi, registration certificate of a vehicle (DLICAI 6865) in the name of Ms Oberoi, MDL number P03062007538500 in the name of Ms Oberoi, three laminated cards in the name of Ms Pratima Mithira and four CIS IFFI official cards of Mr Ramesh Sippy, Mr S M Khan, Ms Gissy and Mr Rakesh Mehra.  One hard disk of Sengate make was also found.
The police inspector, Mr Rajendra Prabhudessai informed that on November 25 Ms  Oberoi, programme head, Habitat World, India, Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi,  lodged a complaint with the Panaji police station over   her bag going missing at  the IFFI venue. The bag contained PAN card, driving licence, debit and credit card (ICICI Bank), UID card, cash of `8000, smart card registration of vehicle, cannon camera, notebook and official ID card.
A FIR was also registered under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code.
The police recovered all the goods from his possession. Venu was produced before the magistrate after a medical examination was conducted at the Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim. He has been remanded to police custody, informed the superintendent of police, North, Mr Vijay Singh.
Seeking reward for the security personnel for their brave act, the SP said in view of thefts security at the IFFI venue has been tightened.
He said Venu managed to procure the IFFI delegate pass through online booking, adding 
that the Goa police are in contact with the Kerala police and have sought his antecedents and involvement in any other cases.