Two owners of a call centre kidnapped a state transport (ST) bus driver after their vehicles met with an accident at Shivaji Nagar in Mankhurd. The officials of the Mankhurd police station later arrested the duo after the driver lodged a complaint with them in the wee hours yesterday. Bus driver Mauli Prabhakar Bhadge in his statement claimed that the duo tried to overtake the bus, which was on its way to Dadar from Pune, from the left and in the process, their car got scraped.
Police officials said after the accident, the three got into a heated argument following which the duo allegedly kidnapped the driver. The incident occurred at Shivaji Nagar around 9.40 pm on Thursday. The accused, Vinod Dabale (26) and Mumtaz Garg (28), first took Bhadge to Chembur, then Vashi, and finally to their call centre in Nerul. “From their office they made Bhadge call his brother, a resident of Pune, asking him to get Rs 15,000 to pay for the damage to their car. They even confiscated the driver’s cellphone and his driving licence,” said Senior Inspector Shankarsingh Rajput of Mankhurd police station.
Officials said they released the driver at 3.30 am yesterday after his brother gave them the amount they had demanded. Soon after his release, Bhadge and his brother rushed to the Mankhurd police station and registered a complaint against the duo. Both Dabale and Garg were booked under sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 364(A) (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 392 (robbery) and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) of the Indian Penal Code.