Visakhapatnam: The Vizag city crime police recovered 235 gms of gold worth Rs 12 lakh that was lost by a family, at the Jagadamba Centre on Sunday evening. Two autorickshaw drivers had found the bag containing the gold and split it among themselves.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crimes) V. Suresh Babu said that P. Venkateswara Rao of Akkayyapalem in Visakhapatnam came to Jagadamba Centre in his car along with family members and visited the Co-optex showroom.

While alighting from the car, a bag containing gold ornaments fell from their possession and this went unnoticed. Later, when they realized that the bag was missing, they went to MR Peta police station and requested help to find the gold.

Immediately, Circle Inspector Ch Simhadri Naidu swung into action. He and his team verified the CCTV footage of the area at the time and found an autorickshaw driver picking up the orange coloured bag. The inspector, who is also the nodal officer for community policing for autorickshaw drivers, contacted the union leaders and traced the vehicle and its owner Gandi Fancis at the Dolphin Junction. The driver confessed about finding the bag and sharing the gold with another driver Mugi Dhanaraju, a resident of Chengalraopeta.

The entire missing gold stash was recovered handed over to the complainants immediately.

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