53 fridges on way to Qatar stolen, 3 ar­rested

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

CBD BELAPUR: Three men of a gang were ar rested by t he Pan­vel po­lice f or steal­ing re­frig­er­a­tors t hat were on their way for ex­port to Qatar via Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust ( JNPT) route. A to­tal of 53 re­frig­er­a­tors were re­cov­ered of the 76 stolen.

Fol­low­ing an ex­port or­der, 76 re­frig­er­a­tors from a plant in Pune had been packed in a con­tainer trailer and sent to JNPT. The trailer’s driver Is­taqar In­tezaar is ab­scond­ing and po­lice are on a look­out for him.

Po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan said, “The con­tainer left Pune on Jan­uary 27. How­ever, in­stead of go­ing to JNPT, it was di­verted from NH 4 to­wards New Delhi. The com­plainant, Ki­ran Son­i­minde, in­formed us that ac­cord­ing to their last con­tact, Po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan at a press con­fer­ence gives de­tails of the case on Wed­nes­day.

the driver had his meal at Jassi Da Dhabha l ocated on NH4 on Nhava Sheva Road. There was no con­tact with him af­ter that.”

When the re­frig­er­a­tor did not reach JNPT port even af­ter

sev­eral days, a com­plaint was filed at Pan­vel city po­lice sta­tion.

“Fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, se­nior in­spec­tor of Pan­vel po­lice sta­tion Su­nil Ba­jare traced the mo­bile lo­ca­tion of In­tezaar to Delhi. How­ever, since his phone was switched on for some time, there were no fur­ther lo­ca­tion traces of him,” said Ran­jan.

He said, “Based on the in­for­ma­tion about his lo­ca­tion, our teams kept an eye on the godowns in Delhi and its nearby ar­eas.”

“Fi­nally, we found sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity at a godown at Pa­hadganj and kept watch on the per­son there,” he said.

We got con­fir­ma­tion that the godown had stocked the re­frig­er­a­tors from the Pune con­sign­ment and then raided it,” he said.

The po­lice seized 53 fridge wor t h Rs6,71,509 f rom t he godown and ar­rested Ahmed Raza, 30, Ak­mal, 49, Sal­man Shaikh, 22, who were reg­is­tered as the own­ers of t he con­sign­ment. “We are try­ing to lo­cate the re­main­ing re­frig­er­a­tors from the con­sign­ment,” said Ran­jan.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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