Woman, son robbed peo­ple by throw­ing dirt on them, held

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

APMC: The APMC po­lice has nabbed a mother-son duo who al­legedly looted peo­ple af­ter throw­ing dirt on them and con­fus­ing them. Po­lice have re­cov­ered Rs 3,000 that they had looted in sim­i­lar fash­ion.

The ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as Chau­damma Boi (40) and her son Ul­gappa (20).

Ac­cord­ing to deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone I) Shahji Umap, “There had been re­ports of some peo­ple be­ing looted af­ter dirt was thrown on them. Un­der the guid­ance of ACP Arun Wal­ture, a spe­cial squad was formed un­der se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor Maya More and po­lice in­spec­tor Pramod Ro­man. Po­lice sub-in­spec­tor Su­nil Tar­male and Deepak Kad­bane were part of the squad.”

Umap said, “We learnt that the mother and duo were ac­tive in APMC area es­pe­cially where there are banks lo­cated. Peo­ple go­ing to banks to de­posit cash or with­draw­ing from it were tar­geted.”

Ex­plain­ing the modus operandi, Umap said, “Once they iden­ti­fied their tar­get, they would throw at him a paste of bis­cuit that had been dipped in wa­ter. Peo­ple mis­took it for fe­ces and would get up­set and dis­turbed.”

He added, “One of the two ac­cused would then flee with the bag. The duo would then of­fer to help and en­sure that the per­son parted with the bag he was car­ry­ing to clean his clothes.”

The po­lice kept a watch for the duo and on Fe­bru­ary 9, it re­ceived in­for­ma­tion on the duo com­ing to APMC area. A trap was laid and the duo was ar­rested.

Umap said, “Apart from Rs 3,000 re­cov­ered from them, we also found an itch­ing pow­der on them. The pow­der if thrown on a per­son, leads to se­vere itch­ing which leads to the per­son putting down what­ever he is car­ry­ing and scratch­ing his body.”

Umap added: “This would given an op­por­tu­nity to the duo to get hold of the bag. The pow­der we have learnt was sourced from the jun­gle.”

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