Drunk Pune man fires gun in­side car, bul­let hits friend

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Navi Mum­bai po­lice (zone II) has busted a gang that stole con­tain­ers and then sold them in scrap. Po­lice have seized Rs29 lakh worth of prop­erty.

The ac­cused are all from Gu­jarat and Ut­tar Pradesh.

Giv­ing details of the case on Thurs­day, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Vish­was Pand­hare said, “There had been an in­crease in the num­ber of con­tainer trail­ers be­ing stolen in Uran and JNPT area. We found that the ve­hi­cles would ei­ther be stolen from parked ar­eas or the driv­ers would be threat­ened and the ve­hi­cle taken away.”

He said, “The cul­prits would sell the con­sign­ment in the con­tain­ers at what­ever price they got. They would then dis­man­tle the con­tainer and the trailor that car­ried it with gas cut­ters. They would then be sold in scrap.”

A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent had taken place on June 6, when a 40-feet trailer worth Rs4 lakh was re­ported stolen at Nhava Sheva po­lice sta­tion.

On June 16, po­lice re­ceived an­other com­plaint that a Rs 27 lakh worth of con­tainer trailer had been stolen the pre­vi­ous night from near Deepesh bar in Uran.

Fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion in to the crime, po­lice ar­rested three per­sons Gani Sayed, Ak­bar Fakir and Da­wood Fakir.

All three are res­i­dents of Si­hor in Bhav­na­gar district of Gu­jarat. Fol­low­ing their in­ter­ro­ga­tion po­lice also ar­rested Im­ran Solot, scrap dealer Vashid Qureshi who bought the stolen con­tain­ers, Shivba­hadur Vish­wakarma. Salim alias Ashkar Khan who was an im­por­tant mid­dle­man was ar­rested ear­lier. A to­tal of seven ac­cused have been nabbed.

Po­lice have re­cov­ered stolen prop­erty worth Rs 29 lakh from them.

EX­TRA EF­FORTS

Pand­hare said, “Our po­lice teams had to make a lot of ef­forts to get the ac­cused. Apart from in­tense in­ves­ti­ga­tions, there were also chases fit for the movies.”

He added, “Ex­cel­lent co­or­di­na­tion amongst the of­fi­cers and per­son­nel helped a lot as did quick de­ci­sions and team spirit.”

The Kamothe po­lice have ar­rested a 32-yearold man af­ter he al­legedly shot one round of bul­let at one of his friends in­side a mov­ing car on Wed­nes­day night.

Both the ac­cused and the vic­tim were in ine­bri­ated states when the in­ci­dent took place, the po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, San­tosh Nim­balkar, Sachin Ja­gade, 30, and three other friends had come to Pan­vel from Pune to cel­e­brate one of the group mem­bers’ birth­day in two cars in the evening.

All of them drank in a ladies bar in Pan­vel for a few hours. Around 10.15 pm, when the bar was closed, they de­cided to go to a ho­tel in Kamothe to have din­ner. The birth­day boy along with one friend left for the ho­tel in the first car. Nim­balkar, Ja­gade and the other friend were trav­el­ling in the sec­ond car.

“Nim­balkar who was sit­ting alone in the pas­sen­ger seat of the car, took his li­censed pis­tol and fired two rounds of bul­let in the air through the win­dow when they were trav­el­ling along the Sion-Pan­vel high­way. How­ever, when he tried to fire the third round, the bul­let got stuck in­side the pis­tol,” said V Salunkhe, po­lice sub in­spec­tor from Kamothe po­lice sta­tion.

“He then started ex­am­in­ing the pis­tol in­side the car and that was when the third round got fired. The bul­let hit Ja­gade who was sit­ting be­side the driver friend. The bul­let pierced his stom­ach,” he said.

The other friends then in­formed the po­lice and rushed Ja­gade to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Vashi.

Ac­cord­ing to the med­i­cal of­fi­cers the bul­let did not af­fect his kid­ney and other cru­cial parts of his body and that he is now out of dan­ger.

The po­lice have ar­rested Nim­balkar soon af­ter the in­ci­dent. He has been booked un­der sec­tion 307 (at­tempt to mur­der) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and sec­tions 4, 25, and 27 of the In­dian Arms Act. He was pro­duced be­fore the ju­di­cial court on Thurs­day and has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody.

Ashok Naik, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Kamothe po­lice sta­tion said, “While the ac­cused is land bro­ker in Pune and the vic­tim has dairy busi­ness. All of them were drunk then and the in­ci­dent took place be­cause of neg­li­gence of the ac­cused. There­fore we have reg­is­tered an at­tempt to mur­der case against him. So far we have not found any crim­i­nal record of any of the group mem­ber.”

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