Three women in burkha steal jew­ellery in Thane

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

The District Mo­tor Ac­ci­dent Claims Tri­bunal (MACT) has di­rected an in­sur­ance com­pany and owner of a tanker to pay around Rs56,000 com­pen­sa­tion to Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion (MSRTC) for dam­ag­ing a bus in an ac­ci­dent in 2007.

MACT mem­ber RS Patil (Bhosle) in a re­cent or­der di­rected the re­spon­dents — owner of the ve­hi­cle and the in­sur­ance firm to make the pay­ment along with in­ter­est to MSRTC.

The state-run trans­porter in its claim told the tri­bunal that one of its buses, be­long­ing to Nashik de­pot, was hit by the tanker in April 2007 due to which it in­curred losses and hence, should be com­pen­sated.

The mishap took place on the Mum­bai-Agra High­way in Igat­puri taluka when the tanker, be­ing driven rashly, hit the bus. The bus was badly dam­aged and grounded for sev­eral days.

Claimant’s pe­ti­tion stated the ST bus was earn­ing Rs748 a day and af­ter the ac­ci­dent it could not ply for eight days. They de­manded a sum of nearly Rs61,000 for money in­curred on re­pair work and loss of busi­ness.

The case was de­cided ex­parte as re­spon­dent, owner of the tanker, Shri Car­ri­ers, did not ap­pear to con­test the case. “All doc­u­ments (re­lat­ing to re­pairs) are main­tained by govern­ment cor­po­ra­tion dur­ing reg­u­lar course of busi­ness. The ap­pli­cant has proved that the bus sus­tained dam­age of Rs55,673,” the tri­bunal ob­served.

Three women have been charged with steal­ing jew­ellery worth Rs2 lakh from a shop at Mum­bra on Thurs­day. The po­lice are try­ing to iden­tify and trace the ac­cused.

The three women are sus­pected to be in their thir­ties and are res­i­dents of Mum­bra.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the in­ci­dent oc­curred be­tween 5pm and 5.30pm on Thurs­day at Sapna Jew­els shop in Sai Krupa Apart­ments, Am­rut­na­gar.

The three ac­cused were wear­ing burqas and while two of them started talk­ing to the shop’s em­ploy­ees, the third woman ap­proached the cash counter and picked up a pair of gold ear­rings weigh­ing 10 to­las and slipped it in her purse.

A po­lice of­fi­cer from Mum­bra po­lice said, “Af­ter the woman kept the jew­ellery in her purse, she ges­tured the other two and they left the shop.” When the shop owner Mukesh Jain, 42, came to know that the ear­rings were miss­ing, he sus­pected his em­ploy­ees.

“Af­ter check­ing the CCTV footage, Jain came to know that the three burkha-clad women had stolen the jew­ellery,” added the of­fi­cer. The po­lice are go­ing through the CCTV cam­eras to trace the ac­cused. They have been charged un­der sec­tion 420 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code.

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