Chain snatcher held at Vashi, po­lice say six cases solved

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

A 50-year-old chain snatcher, who had been oper­at­ing in Navi Mum­bai for the past sev­eral months, was ar­rested by the po­lice on Thurs­day.

With his ar­rest, the po­lice claimed to have solved six cases reg­is­tered in Mum­bai and Navi Mum­bai. So far, the po­lice have re­cov­ered 60 grams of gold jew­ellery from his pos­ses­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Bashir Shaikh, a res­i­dent of Chee­tah camp in Trom­bay, would roam around in the city on two-wheeler and would tar­get women walk­ing on roads in the lonely ar­eas. Some of his ac­com­plices are still at the large and the po­lice are now search­ing for them.

“The ac­cused was wanted for three cases reg­is­tered in Vashi alone. He would sell the stolen jew­ellery some­where out of Mum­bai.

Act­ing on a tip-off, we ar­rested him from near his res­i­dence,” said Su­raj Padvi, po­lice in­spec­tor from Vashi po­lice sta­tion.

The ac­cused has been booked un­der sec­tion 392 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC). He is now in po­lice cus­tody.

As far as the me­nace of chain snatch­ing in Navi Mum­bai is con­cerned, Kopar Khairane, Nerul, Vashi, Kharghar and Ra­bale have seen the high­est num­ber of cases this year.

On the other hand, cer­tain ar­eas like Taloja, Nhava Sheva, APMC and Uran are rel­a­tively safer, sources said.

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