21 held for steal­ing red san­ders worth `1.55 cr at Dron­a­giri

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Uran po­lice have ar­rested a to­tal of 21 peo­ple in the past three weeks for al­legedly steal­ing a con­tainer of red san­ders worth Rs 1.55 crore from their ju­ris­dic­tion.

The main ac­cused in the case is still at large and the po­lice are search­ing for him.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the cus­toms of­fi­cials seized the con­tainer with 390 kilo­grams of red san­ders around three years ago and kept it along with the trailer at Pun­jab Con­tainer and Ware­hous­ing Ltd at Dron­a­giri.

The cul­prits stole the trailer and the con­tainer on the night of Fe­bru­ary 16 and kept an­other trailer with same reg­is­tra­tion num­ber at that place. The ware­house of­fi­cials learnt about the theft within a short time and reg­is­tered an FIR with the po­lice.

“We started in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case and ar­rested two cul­prits within a few days. Tak­ing de­tails from them we ar­rested an­other 19 peo­ple in last three weeks. All of them have been sent to ju­di­cial cus­tody now,” said Ab­hay Ma­ha­jan, po­lice in­spec­tor from Uran po­lice sta­tion.

“Some work­ers from the ware­house were also in­volved in the crime and they have also been ar­rested. All cul­prits are res­i­dents of Uran, Nerul, CBD Belapur, Pan­vel and the pe­riph­eral ar­eas. We are now try­ing to find out the main ac­cused in this case,” he added.

Some of the ar­rested peo­ple are Ajit Me­herkar, 28, Lax­man Shirke, 28, Ra­jen­dra Kadu, 41, Ha­suram Bhoir, 36, Vish­wa­jit Man­i­nath, 28, Sagar Mha­tre, 37, and Bala Jad­hav, 48.

The po­lice how­ever, have not been able to re­cover the stolen red san­ders so far.

“We heard those were sold to some other peo­ple some­where out of Mum­bai. We have seized jew­ellery and other valu­ables from the ar­rested peo­ple which were pur­chased with the money they got by sell­ing the red san­ders,” an­other se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

“The ar­rested peo­ple were ac­tu­ally used by the main cul­prits to steal the red san­der. The ac­tual pic­ture will come to light only af­ter we ar­rest him,” he added.

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