Three Nepalese held for rob­bing Nerul builder’s house of Rs 88 lakh

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

VASHI: A gang of three Nepalese peo­ple were ar­rested by the NRI Sea­woods coastal po­lice for house break­ing and theft of cash worth Rs70 lakh and jew­ellery worth Rs17.50 lakh.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the gang has sev­eral cases against them in var­i­ous states of the coun­try.

On Novem­ber 14 this year, de­vel­oper Shekhar Tan­del, 36, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 16, Kar­ave vil­lage of Nerul, had gone to visit Ma­h­ablesh­war with his fam­ily.

He had com­plained t hat dur­ing his ab­sence be­tween Novem­ber 14 and 18, uniden­ti­fied men had bro­ken into his house through the kitchen win­dow and had stolen the cash and jew­ellery.

The ac­cused had used a lad­der to reach the first floor win­dow of the flat.

Since there were no CCTV cam­eras in hous­ing so­ci­ety or any se­cu­rity guards, the po­lice could not in­ves­ti­gate the case.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice Shahji Umap said, “We learnt that on Novem­ber 15, 25-year-old Ra­jesh Saha, a se­cu­rity guard hail­ing from Nepal and de­ployed at a neigh­bour­ing hous­ing so­ci­ety, had around three friends vis­it­ing him.”

The team kept a watch on the watch­man, who resided in Sec­tor 36, Sea­woods.

On De­cem­ber 3, Ra­jesh left his house and went to Mira Road with a bag that he later left with an uniden­ti­fied per­son.

Umap said, “The duo was ques­tioned. We learnt that the other per­son was Devs­ingh Thakuria, 37, a res­i­dent of Mira road, who too hailed from Nepal. A search of the bag re­vealed Rs15,13,550 in cash. They had no proper ex­pla­na­tion for the pos­ses­sion of such a large amount of cash.”

The duo was then de­tained by the po­lice.

Fol­low­ing sus­tained in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the duo con­fessed to the crime. They also re­vealed the in­volve­ment of their ac­com­plices Dilu Owji, Jay Owji, Ramesh Saha, Ganesh Saha, all hail­ing from Nepal. The po­lice have ar­rested Ganesh Saha, 28, who stayed with Ra­jesh.

A team was sent to Nepal for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We also re­cov­ered Rs9.95 lakh in cash and 200 gms of gold jew­ellery from Ra­jesh. A to­tal of Rs30,08,550 worth of cash and jew­ellery has been re­cov­ered,” said Umap.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed that Thakuria has a mur­der case against him in Nepal. He has also been in­volved in house break­ing cases in Ludhiana, Mum­bai, Surat and other re­gions of the coun­try.

“We have de­cided to award the po­lice team with Rs 15,000 for solv­ing the case,” said Umap.

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