THREE ROBBED DRIVERS ON E-WAY, ARRESTED
NAVI MUMBAI: Three members of a gang, who allegedly looted several people travelling on the MumbaiPune Expressway in the last couple of months, were arrested by the Nerul police on Wednesday.
According to t he police, Javed Shaikh, 32, a resident of Ambernath, Abdulla Shaikh, 29, a resident of Trombay, and Mujibul Khan, 20, a resident of Govandi, would ask for lift from private vehicles plying on the expressway. Normally, they would stop vehicles that had only a driver inside. Once inside, they would attack the driver at an isolated place and then run away with the vehicle and the valuables they found on the driver.
“The gang attacked and robbed a man of his car near the Talegon toll naka using the same modus operandi on January 2. We had been investigating the case that had been registered with the Nerul police station,” said Shahaji Umap, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1).
“On Tuesday, we received a tip-off that a few suspicious people were coming along the SionPanvel highway in a car. We laid a trap and arrested all three. They were travelling in the same car, which they had robbed in January. We have seized it,” Umap said.
The police have recovered one country-made pistol, a few live cartridges, three choppers, two monkey caps, nylon ropes, three mobile phones and some cash from their possession. “The gang committed similar crimes at other places in the state, including Pune. They have confessed to the crimes. We are now trying to find out if more people were involved in the racket,” Umap said.
The police have booked the three under sections 392 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 3 and 25 of the Indian Arms Act.
“We appeal to city residents not to offer lifts to unidentified people. Likewise, people should not travel in random vehicles. Opt for the state- run buses instead,” Umap said.