Cops warn jewellers about in­ter­state gang, ask them to hire armed guards TERI to launch eco-city fo­rum with civic body

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Al­most a month after a shop in Bhi­wandi was robbed of smart­phones, 248 hi-end phones worth around Rs34 lakh were stolen from a ware­house.

On Mon­day around 2am, a ware­house at Mankoli naka in Dapoda was bro­ken into and the phones stolen. The ware­house owner Mo­han Su­varna, 56, deals in sup­ply­ing mo­bile phones. He lodged a com­plaint.

The po­lice said two rob­bers made a hole in the wall and en­tered the ware­house.

D Shivthare, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Nar­poli po­lice sta­tion, said: “This is the sec­ond rob­bery in the same area and we have in­creased pa­trolling.”

“We had go­ing through the CCTV footage and we have de­tained one per­son. The watch­man of the ware­house couldn’t know about the theft as ac­cused made a hole in the wall in the back side. We are sus­pect­ing that the ac­cused are from Bhi­wandi,” said Shivthare.

This is the sec­ond case in a month.

On July 5, a ware­house at Ovli vil­lage in Nar­poli-Bhi­wandi was robbed of 219 smart­phones worth Rs29.45 lakh. Six ac­cused were ar­rested. The po­lice have re­cov­ered some of the phones. One ac­cused is still ab­scond­ing and that he is sus­pected to be in Kash­mir. Shops sell­ing rakhis at APMC mar­ket see a lot of cus­tomers. Rak­sha Band­han will be cel­e­brated on Au­gust 18.

After the Kopar Khairane po­lice re­ceived a tipoff from the in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice in Mum­bai, stat­ing that a gang of in­ter­state rob­bers had come to the city, the po­lice or­gan­ised a meet­ing on Tues­day to alert more than 70 jewellers.

“We learnt that the gang roams the city in groups of eight to ten. All its mem­bers are pro­fes­sional house­break­ers. They are ha­bit­ual of­fend­ers and use four-wheel­ers and two-wheel­ers to com­mit crimes,” said Satish Gaik­ward, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion. The jewellers were asked to in­stall CCTV cam­eras in­side and out­side their shops.

“They should in­stall nightvi­sion cam­eras which have a good stor­age ca­pac­ity. CCTV cam­eras are needed not only by jewellers, but by all public and pri­vate build­ings,” Gaik­wad said.

The jewellers were asked to hire se­cu­rity guards who have a weapons li­cence to man their shops 24x7.

They were also asked to start car­ry­ing out com­plete ver­i­fi­ca­tions of po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees be­fore hir­ing them and to sub­mit their doc­u­ments and the fin­ger­prints to the po­lice.

“In­stalling sirens to alert peo­ple and shop­keep­ers nearby is also a good idea. The jewel­ers should also keep their jew­ellery in bank lock­ers in­stead of in the store,” Gaik­ward said.

“We have asked our of­fi­cials to in­crease pa­trolling in ar­eas where there are sev­eral jew­ellery stores. How­ever, jewellers must also be alert to pre­vent such crimes. We will hold more meet­ings soon,” he added.

The En­ergy & Re­sources In­sti­tute (TERI) will launch of the Eco-city fo­rum on Fri­day. The fo­rum is a part of the eco-city project ini­ti­ated by TERI in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the NMMC in 2012.

The fo­rum is tar­geted to­wards build­ing a di­a­logue among all stake­hold­ers of cit­i­zens, architects, builders, engi­neers, city of­fi­cials, me­di­a­per­sons and oth­ers.

An­jali Paras­nis, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor, TERI, said: “It will be done through stim­u­lat­ing round ta­ble dis­cus­sions, events, ex­hi­bi­tions, and panel dis­cus­sions to achieve the ob­jec­tives of re­duc­ing the car­bon foot­print of the city by 30% over the next 5 to10 years.”

She added, “It is also aimed to help con­serve the nat­u­ral re­sources, mak­ing Navi Mum­bai one of the lead­ing sus­tain­able ci­ties of In­dia.”

This event is open for all the cit­i­zens.

A hand­book on wa­ter con­ser­va­tion will be launched by mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe at the the in­au­gu­ral event.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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