A 24-year-old criminal, who was held by sleuths of the Dattawadi police station for looting a journalist of an Aurangabad daily in Pune of Rs 5,500 cash and a mobile phone worth Rs 5,000, said he wanted only money from the victim, but fearing the scribe would call up the police he took his mobile phone and returned the sim card.
The accused travelled with the scribe for a while by taking a lift before robbing him. On June 23, Satish Anwekar, a journalist, was in Pune for work. “He was returning to Parvati area but near Mitra Mandal Chowk, Ganesh Khairmode asked him for a lift. He later accosted him and threatened him with a sharp weapon,” said assistant police inspector, Sampat Patil of Dattawadi police station.
Khairmode took Rs 5,500 cash from his pocket and a cellphone and fled. “Anwekar then approached the police station and lodged a complaint,” he added.
On the basis of the description, a police team started investigating and arrested Khairmode from Laxmi Nagar area. “During the interrogation, Khairmode said that Anwekar had told him he was a journalist but as he had no money to even eat he took the scribe’s cash,” he added.
Anwekar had Rs 5,500 in his wallet, and gave Khairmode all the cash. However, Khairmode returned Rs 300 so that Anwekar could go back to Aurangabad. He took the journalists mobile phone and returned the SIM card.
“Khairmode told us he took the cellphone because he did not want Anwekar to call the police, but returned the sim card so that he was not inconvenienced later,” said Patil.
Senior police inspector Satish Gowekar of the police station said that Khairmode has been remanded in police custody till July 5. He said that Khairmode has a criminal record and several cases of theft, robbery and rioting have been registered against him with various police stations.