Cops ar­rest trio for try­ing to loot bank

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: The po­lice ar­rested three mem­bers of a gang for al­legedly at­tempt­ing to loot a bank at Kopar Khairane on Novem­ber 13. The po­lice are look­ing out for the other three mem­bers who fled from the spot, said the po­lice at a press con­fer­ence held on Wed­nes­day.

DCP (Zone I) Sha­haji Umap said, “We re­ceived a tip-off about a gang plan­ning a da­coity at the branch of Pun­jab Na­tional Bank in Kopar Khairane’s Sec­tor 20 fol­low­ing which se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor Satish Gaik­wad set up a trap around the bank’s premises. While we man­aged to catch three ac­cused, the other three mem­bers of the gang es­caped.”

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the trio — Parvez alias Pravin alias Pradip Shaikh, 22, Deepak Jha, 20, and Gu­lab Bhide, 21— con­fessed to hav­ing cheated sev­eral cus­tomers.

Umap said, “While be­ing in­ter­ro­gated, the ac­cused re­vealed that a few days back, they had cheated Bhaidas Sawant, an au­torick­shaw driver from Dom­bivli, of Rs50,000, when he had come to Bank of In­dia’s branch at Kopar Khairane’s Sec­tor 6.”

“The ac­cused had told Sawant that they had stolen Rs2 lakh from their owner and the po­lice were search­ing for them. They re­quested Sawant to keep the cash, bun­dled in a hand­ker­chief, with him for a few days and asked him to give them Rs50,000,” added Umap.

“Sawant did not sus­pect any­thing amiss un­til he un­tied the bun­dle and found that most of the notes were blank pieces of pa­per,” said Umap, adding that by then, the ac­cused had al­ready fled.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the ac­cused used a sim­i­lar modus operandi to loot sev­eral other peo­ple. For in­stance, the gang had looted Rs20,000 from a per­son at the Bank of Bar­oda branch in Kopar Khairane. They told him that they needed to trans­fer Rs2 lakh into an­other ac­count but could not do so be­cause they did not have a pan card. They asked the vic­tim to keep the Rs2 lakh with him for a few days and give them Rs20,000.

Of the looted money, the po­lice have re­cov­ered Rs45,000 from the gang so far.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The po­lice pro­duce the three ac­cused in front of me­di­a­per­sons on Wed­nes­day.

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