Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVIMUMBAI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­

KALYAN: The Tit­wala po­lice have ar­rested two peo­ple for al­legedly cheat­ing own­ers of tours and travel busi­ness by steal­ing their ve­hi­cles and pre­par­ing fake pa­pers to sell th­ese ve­hi­cles.

The other two ac­cused, a man and a woman, who are the mas­ter­mind of the racket, are on the run, said the po­lice.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the two ar­rested ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as Tit­wala res­i­dents Ra­jen­dra De­sale and Ar­jun Bhoir, both 28.

An of­fi­cer from Tit­wala po­lice sta­tion said, “Dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, De­sale and Bhoir named Jitu Madrasi, who is the mas­ter­mind be­hind the crimes. He would give them Rs10,000 for each theft. They also said that a woman, whose iden­tity is still un­known, is also an ac­com­plice.”

“De­sale and Bhoir said they would pro­cure the con­tact num­bers of tour and travel op­er­a­tors from search ser­vice providers and book cars to travel on long routes. Once at an iso­lated des­ti­na­tion, they would trick the driver into get­ting off the ve­hi­cle and drive away in it,” added the of­fi­cer.

The po­lice re­cov­ered four cars dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a gold man­gal­su­tra all worth Rs21 lakh from the duo. “Both the ac­cused are his­tory sheeters. They have ad­mit­ted to have been in­volved in sev­eral chain- snatch­ing cases,” said the of­fi­cer. The ac­cused had rob­bery and theft cases reg­is­tered against them at po­lice sta­tions in Vi­rar, Var­tak Na­gar, Valiv and Ganesh­puri.

Se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor Venkat And­hale of Tit­wala po­lice sta­tion said, “We have seized two In­nova cars, a Chevrolet car and a Honda Ac­cent car. The ac­cused sold three cars and kept one. They were also in­volved in mak­ing fake pa­pers of cars and then sell­ing it.”

De­sale and Bhoir have been booked un­der Sec­tion 392 (pun­ish­ment for rob­bery) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code. They were pro­duced in court which has re­manded them in po­lice cus­tody un­til April 16, said the po­lice.

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