How cops got deaf-mute rob­ber from Diva to speak

When Dattu Ram­das Pawar pre­tended to be deaf and mute, the GRP called his fam­ily to the po­lice sta­tion

Mid Day - - CITY - Worth of gold jew­ellery seized from Pawar No. of rob­beries Pawar com­mit­ted dur­ing Ganeshot­sav

a mo­bile phone and cash from a search con­ducted at his home.

The po­lice said Pawar had com­mit­ted three rob­beries dur­ing the re­cently-con­cluded Ganeshot­sav fes­ti­val. “Yogita Tawde, who had boarded the 5.45 am Diva-Sawant­wadi local from Diva on Au­gust 28, had re­ported a rob­bery. A small purse in her bag, which con­tained 9.50 to­las of gold jew­ellery was stolen while she was on the train. DCP (Cen­tral GRP) Sa­mad­han Pawar scanned the CCTV footage from the rail­way sta­tion and spot­ted a man be­hav­ing sus­pi­ciously. He was get­ting down from the women’s com­part­ment. We scanned his pro­file to find that he was ar­rested back in 2015, in an­other rob­bery case,” the of­fi­cer said.

Son­awane said, “Ini­tially, Pawar would an­swer our ques­tions us­ing sign lan­guage. After we brought his fam­ily in, he con­fessed to loot­ing three pas­sen­gers — two on the Diva-Sawant­wadi local, and one on the Kanyaku­mari Ex­press. We will soon con­tact the vic­tims and re­turn their pos­ses­sions.”

Dattu Ram­das Pawar was last ar­rested for theft in 2015

Mem­bers of the group sub­mit the me­moran­dum to DCP (Zone 2) Dr Ra­jen­dra Mane

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