In­ter-state gang of rob­bers busted in Vashi

Six mem­bers of the gang, which has been op­er­at­ing in the city for the past few months, are still at large

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: With the ar­rest of five peo­ple, the Vashi po­lice have busted a gang of in­ter­state rob­bers who had been op­er­at­ing in the city for the past few months.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the gang from Andhra Pradesh would tar­get peo­ple near banks and then would loot cash and other valu­ables. Six other gang mem­bers are still at large.

In the lat­est in­ci­dent, this gang looted a man of Rs4 lakh in Sec­tor 14 on Wed­nes­day. The CCTV cam­eras in­stalled in the area cap­tured the faces of a few cul­prits and that helped the po­lice zero in on the other gang mem­bers.

“We had got a tip that the gang was com­ing to our area to com­mit another crime on Thurs­day and laid a trap. As ex­pected, they walked into our trap and we ar­rested five of them. We have seized three bikes from their pos­ses­sion,” said a po­lice in­spec­tor from Vashi po­lice sta­tion.

The sus­pects be­long to the 20 to 30 age group. The po­lice how­ever, did not re­veal their names as many of their ac­com­plices are yet to be ar­rested.

“The sus­pects stayed in a few rented houses in Diva in Thane and would loot peo­ple across Mum­bai, Thane and Navi Mum­bai. Their mo­dus operandi is to wait near the banks and keep an eye on the peo­ple who with­draw a huge amount of money. They then fol­low such peo­ple and tar­get them at iso­lated spot,” the of­fi­cer said.

The po­lice have booked the sus­pects un­der sec­tion 395 (pun­ish­ment for da­coity) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC). They were pro­duced be­fore the ju­di­cial court on Friday af­ter­noon and have been re­manded to po­lice cus­tody.

“The ar­rest of the en­tire gang will help us solve sev­eral cases,” a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer added.

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