Man wanted in `1-cr rob­bery case held af­ter six months

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

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.

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