5 held for ab­duct­ing Su­rat-based builder from Mira Road

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE - SURESH GOLANI

Five gang­sters, in­clud­ing a wo­man, landed into the cus­tody of the Lo­cal Crime Branch (LCB) unit of the Thane (ru­ral) po­lice for ab­duct­ing a Gu­jarat-based de­vel­oper, as­sault­ing him and ex­tort­ing money.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as Mo­hammed Wasim Mush­tak Ahmed (31), Noor Mak­sood Khan (24), Mo­hammed Akib Shaikh (20), Tanvi San­jay Acharya alias Dolly (37), all res­i­dents of Va­sai and Au­rangabad res­i­dent Faizal Ab­dul Khan (24). Two mas­ter­minds who planned the crime are ab­scond­ing.

Po­lice said the ac­cused had ab­ducted the de­vel­oper by force­fully drag­ging him in­side a car when he had come to at­tend a friend’s birth­day party in Mira Road on De­cem­ber 2. He was blind­folded and taken to an apart­ment in a Va­sai town­ship, where he was con­fined and as­saulted. The ac­cused made him sign blank cheques and bonds.

The de­vel­oper was later forced to call up his friend de­mand­ing a ran­som of `12 lakh for his re­lease. Un­der the pre­text of giv­ing them the money, the vic­tim ac­com­pa­nied the ac­cused to a build­ing in Mira Road and clev­erly man­aged to give them a slip be­fore in­form­ing po­lice.

Sens­ing the grav­ity of the case, SP Dr Shivaji Rathod de­puted the LCB to con­duct probes. Based on tech­ni­cal sur­veil­lance and im­ages of the sus­pects cap­tured in CCTV cam­eras, an LCB team led by se­nior in­spec­tor-Vyenkat And­hale and API Pramod Bad­hakh laid a trap and ap­pre­hended the ac­cused from Bhabola, Va­sai, on Fri­day night. While the SUV be­long­ing to the de­vel­oper was seized from the ac­cused, the car they used in the crime was stolen from Vile Parle. Not rul­ing out more ar­rests, po­lice lodged a case un­der sec­tions 397, 364 (a) and 384 of the IPC against the ac­cused. The Naya Na­gar po­lice is con­duct­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions, said the cop.

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