Officials of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) in Gujarat on Sunday lodged a complaint of theft of record files from their storage unit in Ahmedabad. The DGGI storage unit is housed in an old and decrepit government quarters building in Pragatinagar area of the city. It neither has any security measures to prevent incursions nor CCTV to monitor activities there. In his complaint at the Naranpura police station, DGGI deputy director Yogesh Unde, 32, claimed that an unknown number of record files had been stolen. The theft is believed to have taken place on April 19, when the record office was closed for Good Friday.
The complaint states that unidentified people entered apartment number 220 in Block M37 of the Central Excise Colony in Pragatinagar, broke the lock on the outer grill of the office and entered the premises between April 18 and 20. However, officials are still not aware of which or how many files have gone missing from the premises. Usually, GST inspector Dharmedra Yadav who is in-charge of records, is present at the premises from 10 am to 6 pm. As per the complaint, one Ashwin Solanki, who works on contract and used to take care of the office, locked the office on April 18 and left. When he returned on April 20, the theft had taken place. Unde was informed of the incident later on Saturday and, as per the complaint, immediately went to the spot to take stock of the situation.
However, officials could not determine which of the thousands of files lying there had been stolen. PSI BH Rathod, investigation officer (IO) of the case, said, “We had called in officials of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and the dog squad to ascertain what was gone and if we could find any evidence from the spot because even GST officials do not currently know what is missing from the record room. Investigation is underway.” Mirror attempted to reach Unde but he was unavailable for comment. We had called in FSL officials and the dog squad to ascertain what was gone and if we could find any evidence from the spot because even GST officials do not know what is missing from the record room.