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Players' mobile stolen after being removed from football coach post, arrested

The India Print 2020-08-19 21:59:55

New Delhi: A man angry over being removed as coach of the football team stole the mobile phones of club members from the dressing room at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium after which he was arrested. Police said Shekhar Pathak, a former football coach and a resident of Pandav Nagar, stole the phones of members of the Delhi United Football Club. On March 13, police were reported to have stolen 12 mobile phones and purses belonging to a football team which contained around Rs 10,000.

Police said the investigation revealed that the dressing room was given to the football team and all the players kept their belongings in the lockers. When the players returned after the match ended, they found that the lockers were broken and their mobile phones and purses were missing. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur said- Police saw footage of all CCTV cameras installed in the stadium and kept a watch on the stolen phones.

Two months later, a stolen phone switch was found to be on. The police caught the caller and questioned him. The man said that Pathak had sold the phone to him but he had returned it as the former coach could not provide the original receipt of the phone. 

The police officer said that after this, the accused was arrested from his residence. Nine mobile phones were recovered from him. Pathak has been a district-level football player and played on behalf of the Lions Club football team from 2004 to 2010. He started his career as a coach from March 2011.