Two robbed Mankhurd trader of ` 35K at knifepoint, arrested
VASHI: A ‘ taxi driver’ and his accomplice were arrested by the APMC police earlier this week for allegedly robbing a trader at knifepoint.
The police, in a press conference on Saturday, said they recovered property worth Rs2.60 lakh from them. According to the police, the two were arrested after they confessed to their crime on February 17.
On February 9, as a trader from Mankhurd was heading to the APMC vegetable market in a taxi, the driver and his accomplice threatened the trader with a knife and robbed him of Rs35,000.
The trader had then lodged a complaint at the police station.
Senior inspector of APMC police station Maya More, subinspector DH Kadbane and their team checked the CCTV footage of Vashi Toll Naka and other areas according to the information provided by the complainant.
“We identified the registration number of the taxi. We sent our constables to get information on the taxi to Shivaji Nagar in Mumbai. They found that the taxi would be arriving at Turbhe,” said deputy commissioner of police Shahji Umap.
“As soon we got the information, the team laid a trap in the area. They found a black and yellow taxi with the same registration number going from Sector 23 t owards Turbhe Bridge,” said Umap.
The police i nter rogated the two men in the taxi. They seized cash worth Rs10,000 and two mobile phones apart from a knife. The taxi was also seized.
The total worth of the property seized is Rs2,62,200.
The two arrested accused have been identified as Mehtab Khan, 27, a resident of Shivaji Nagar and Jeevan Rajbhar, 30, a resident of Wadala slums.
“Interrogation of the accused revealed that they were history-sheeters and had committed similar crimes in Thane and Mumbai regions earlier,” said Umap.