One person was reported hurt after five armed men barged into an angadia firm in an attempt to rob Rs 3 lakh from the office in broad daylight at Bhuleshwar, South Mumbai yesterday. The burglary attempt was, however, unsuccessful after workers and locals put up a resistance, and apprehended one of the robbers, who was fleeing with the cash.
According to the cops, the burglary attempt could be the handiwork of a gang, which is well versed with the area and the business conducted at the shop. “At around 2.30 pm yesterday, the armed men entered Patel Couriers, the angadia that couriers money to many places. They took all the cash and were escaping when we stopped them,” said witness Tukhbahadur, who works at Raj Readymade Garments shop, which is next to Patel couriers.
In the ensuing scuffle, Mangesh More, who works at the angadia firm, was injured when one of the burglars hit him with the pistol. “When we offered resistance, the miscreants started assaulting us, but we nabbed one of them. As the other four were running away they realised one of their accomplices was caught and they retaliated by shooting towards us. Luckily, the bullet hit a water tank,” said Tukhbahadur.
In the meantime, cops reached the spot and arrested the nabbed robber who was later identified as Mohammad Kazim Ishan Ali, a native of Muzaffarabad. “The robbers came walking through the crowded lanes of Bhuleshwar. They must have known about the place, as it is impossible to enter these lanes without proper knowledge of the area. We have scanned the CCTV footage from the angadia, which clearly shows the faces of the accused,” said Anil Kumbhare, deputy commissioner of police, Zone II.
Cops have also recovered a countrymade pistol along with four live cartridges, and are questioning the arrested accused. “We are interrogating the accused to get leads about his accomplices,” said Kumbhare.