Man wanted in `1-cr robbery case held after six months
A 45-year-old selfproclaimed social activist from Chembur, who was allegedly involved in a Rs1-crore robbery at Vashi in December last year, was arrested on Wednesday.
Three policemen from Trombay police station and two other people were arrested in the same case last year.
According to the police, the suspects abducted an angadia (courier boy), who was travelling in a private luxury bus from Mumbai to Mangalore, on December 20 and looted Rs1 crore.
Raju Koli, who was arrested on Wednesday, was driving the car used in the abduction.
“The angadia, Mohammad Kazia, 58, a native of Bhatkal in Karnataka, had come to Mumbai to deliver gold ornaments at Zaveri Bazaar. On December 20, he was returning to his hometown collecting cash from jewellers,” said Suraj Padvi, police inspector from Vashi police station.
The accused learnt about it from Kazia’s friend and they all planned to rob him of the cash. “When the luxury bus was passing through Vashi, the accused posed as a crime branch official and stopped. They forced Kazia to alight on the pretext of police inquiry,” he said.
They took him to a forest near Uran in an SUV. They took the cash and fled.
Kazia managed to reach Uran police station and lodged a case. The Uran police transferred the case to their Vashi counterparts.
“Examining the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footages and following some leads, we arrested the policemen from Trombay and the other people within a few days of the crime. The SUV used in the crime was also recovered then. However, Koli was absconding since then. Acting on a tip-off, we arrested him from Chembur on Wednesday,” Padvi said.
The police have booked him under sections 395 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Vashi court has remanded him in police custody.