Rob­bers attack cop, snatch gun

IN NERUL As­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor stops the six trav­el­ling in cab but was over­pow­ered by them

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NERUL: It was a high- speed car chase at Nerul on Fri­day with an as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor hot on the heels of sus­pected rob­bers.

It ended in an attack on the cop and his ser­vice re­volver be­ing snatched by the armed rob­bers.

At 4am, as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor of Nerul po­lice sta­tion Ja­gaven­dra Singh Ra­jput Ra­jput was pa­trolling on his two- wheeler when he spot­ted a taxi car­ry­ing six peo­ple mov­ing around sus­pi­ciously in Nerul.

“He chased the cab for a few me­tres and then parked his ve­hi­cle in front of the taxi at Sant Ba­sawe­shar Chowk, forc­ing it to stop. Ra­jput no­ticed that tools used in rob­bery, in­clud­ing an iron rod and a sword, were kept in the taxi. There were around six peo­ple sit­ting in the cab,” said Sangeeta Alphonso Shinde, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Nerul po­lice sta­tion.

Forty- five- year- old Ra­jput started ques­tion­ing the six.

“The po­lice of­fi­cer then took away key of the ve­hi­cle,” said Shinde.

As he was ques­tion­ing them about the weapon and tool, one of the six at­tacked him from be­hind with a knife. Ra­jput was over pow­ered and was pinned to the ground. One of them snatched Ra­jput’s ser­vice re­volver.

The six man­aged to take the taxi key from him.

“But, the en­tire com­mo­tion had alerted the peo­ple nearby and those on the road. As the peo­ple rushed to the spot, the six fled leav­ing the taxi be­hind,” said Shinde.

The po­lice of­fi­cer was taken to MGM Hos­pi­tal in Vashi where he is un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

Ra­jput has sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries on his hand, stom­ach and head.

“His con­di­tion is stated to be sta­ble. We have seized the rob­bers’ car, which has a sticker of the MNS. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion is go­ing on,” she added.

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