Cops form five teams to trace bizman killers Be­ware of agents ask­ing hefty sums

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­ Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

A day af­ter Dom­bivli busi­ness­man was found mur­dered in his car, po­lice have formed five teams to trace the ac­cused.

The po­lice have also ques­tioned more than 20 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the man’s rel­a­tives, friends and lo­cals from the Dom­bivli area.

On Fri­day morn­ing, 49-yearold Satish Rasal was found dead in his SUV near Gal­axy store, Kalyan shop road, at Dom­bivli. Rasal was a busi­ness­man who gave JCB ve­hi­cles on rent.

He is sur­vived by his wife and three daugh­ters.

“We ap­proached Rasal’s wife for her state­ment but she is still in shock. We have formed two teams from the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion and three teams have been formed from the Thane crime branch to crack the case,” said in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cer Vi­las Shende.

Rasal’s rel­a­tives had said that they did not know if he had en­mity with any­one.

“We ques­tioned many but noth­ing has come of it. There are no CCTV cam­eras on the spot where Rasal was mur­dered. We will talk to close fam­ily mem­bers to in­ves­ti­gate the case,” he added.

“In our pri­mary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we sus­pect that Rasal was killed by some­one close to him. We have col­lected phys­i­cal ev­i­dence from the spot which has been sent to lab and the re­ports are awaited,” said an­other po­lice of­fi­cer from Thane.

Se­ri­ous of­fences like mur­der, rape and mo­lesta­tion have re­duced to some ex­tent in the city this year.

How­ever, cases of cheat­ing and crim­i­nal breach of trust have seen an up­ward swing in the past few months in the city.

More and more peo­ple are ap­proach­ing the po­lice af­ter fall­ing prey to cul­prits, who prom­ise cheaper houses, seats in med­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing col­leges, dou­ble re­turns on in­vest­ments within six months and huge lotteries.

The re­cent hous­ing scam ex­posed in APMC is one such ex­am­ple.

Youths from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try visit the city po­lice sta­tions with com­plains against bo­gus place­ment agen­cies that take money from peo­ple promis­ing lu­cra­tive jobs abroad and then run away clos­ing their of­fices.

In 2015, the po­lice reg­is­tered a to­tal of 563 cheat­ing cases (un­der sec­tion 420 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code), against the 476 cases reg­is­tered in 2014. They solved 414 and 351 cases in 2015 and 2014 re­spec­tively.

In view of the re­cent spate of such crimes, the po­lice have ap­pealed to res­i­dents to not en­ter­tain mid­dle­men, and pay money to ran­dom place­ment agen­cies with­out check­ing their back­grounds.

“When it comes to book­ing a house, se­cur­ing a job or en­gi­neer­ing and med­i­cal seats, peo­ple should opt for gen­uine ways,” said Prashant Khaire, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone 1).

“Who­ever tries to get such things through un­scrupu­lous means fall prey to such cul­prits and lose money. The mid­dle­men should never be en­ter­tained,” he added.

“Peo­ple who come to the city for seats in med­i­cal and en­gi­neer­ing col­leges are ed­u­cated. In spite of that, many of them pay Rs 20 to 60 lakh to the touts for one seat and end up get­ting cheated,” said a crime branch of­fi­cial.

“Un­less peo­ple stop en­ter­tain­ing such cul­prits, they will keep tar­get­ing new vic­tims on var­i­ous pre­texts. There­fore, cre­at­ing aware­ness among peo­ple is equally im­por­tant to re­duce such crimes,” he said.

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