Two robbed Mankhurd trader of ` 35K at knife­point, ar­rested

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

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.

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