7 ar­rested, stolen cig­a­rettes worth ` 1 crore seized

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Press Trust of In­dia htlet­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: The crime branch of Thane po­lice on Wed­nes­day claimed to have busted a cig­a­rette-theft racket with the ar­rest of seven per­sons and re­cov­ery of stolen items worth Rs1.03 crore.

On De­cem­ber 16, last year, the ac­cused al­legedly looted 312 cig­a­rette car­tons worth Rs1.50 crore af­ter stop­ping a tempo head­ing for the com­pany’s godown from Am­ber­nath. The booty was then taken to a godown at Shil Phata near here, DCP Parag Manere said.

Af­ter learn­ing that the car­tons had been sold to a trader at Ul­has­ngar here, po­lice ar­rested seven of the ac­cused and re­cov­ered 195 cig­a­rette car­tons worth Rs1.03 crore, he said. Hunt is on to ar­rest godown owner Nazir Anna and the leader of the gang Anil Ahire, the DCP said.

Se­nior i nspec­tor Ni­teen Thack­eray iden­ti­fied the ar­rested men as Firoz Re­hamanud­din Khan, Ab­dul Mo­hamamd Sharif Pathan, Hanif Ahmed Khatil, Sher Ali Salim Sayyed, Mo­ham­mad Han­i­fAl­labax Shaikh, Akash Digham­bar Fad and Ashik Lucky Prasad Choura­sia (the paan-shop owner who al­legedly bought the cig­a­rettes).

Firoz had been ear­lier ar­rested by the Shivaji Na­gar po­lice sta­tion in a sim­i­lar case.

The gang sold the stolen cig­a­rettes at around half the marked price.

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