Thane: Police constable's son among seven held for dacoity

A 23-year-old son of a head police constable, attached to the Protection branch of Mumbai Police, was among the seven people arrested recently by Kalyan crime branch for attempting dacoity. The accused were about to loot a petrol pump, when the Kalyan crime branch sleuths laid a trap and arrested all seven.

After the arrest, the accused confessed to two dacoities they committed in the past. Cops have recovered cash, mobiles, a fridge and LCD TV they purchased from the cash. They mostly keep a watch on people moving with cash and accordingly plan and rob them.

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The seven arrested accused are Gopinath Survase alias Gopya 29, Bhimsingh Kevat alias Ajay 26, Shailesh Raosaheb Rathod 23, Sushant Jadhav 20, Balraj alias Bali Suryavanshi 24, Pankaj Patil 25 and Ananta maruti Mhatre 30. All are residents of Kalyan.

Shailesh is the son of Raosaheb Rathod, a head constable attached to the protection branch of Mumbai Police. The police had recovered around Rs 1.84 lakh cash and a motorcycle from Rathod.

The Kalyan crime branch officials received information on February 13 that around 9 accused are going to commit a dacoity. “We received information that some nine people are going to commit dacoity at Indian Oil petrol pump situated at Gharvali village on Kalyan Shil Road between 9:30pm to 10pm, where they were going to rob cash from the counter. We prepared a squad on the basis of information provided by a secret informant, and found that they were sitting at Malhar Dhaba, where they had gathered to plan the daicoty. We laid a trap outside the dhaba and found the nine people, among whom, four people came on two different motorcycle and five people in a car. Our informant pointed out the accused and we arrested around seven people, while two people ran away from the spot,” said Shailendra Nagarkar, Senior Police Inspector, Kalyan crime branch.

The police, after the arrest of the seven, have seized two country-made pistols, one revolver, 9 cartridges, mirchi powder, a nylon rope and wooden stick. “We have seized the two vehicles and the Swift car from them and accordingly a case was registered against them under Sections 399 and 402 of the Indian Penal Code and sections of the Arms act,” informed Suganda Bagul, Assistant Police Inspector, Kalyan crime branch.

The police, on further interrogation of the accused, learnt about two dacoities they committed in Manpada and Narpoli. “During interrogation, they confessed that on February 4, they looted Rakesh Patel 28, the manager with Angadiya courier limited. Patel came for collection at different shops in Bhiwandi. After collecting the amount, he was returning back to his main office in Malad, when he was spotted by four people on two motorcycles and was looted for Rs 7.90 lakh. A case was registered for the same at Narpoli police station.

“The second incident was of Manpada, where Darshan Gaikar 22 was heading to deposit cash of Rs 4.27 lakh at nationalized bank based in Dombivli. On November 2, at 1 pm, four people came on two motorcycles and robbed the cash he kept in the bag,” added Nagarkar.

After the accused confess about the two crimes, the Kalyan crime branch was successful in recovering cash and valuables from the past dacoities. “In the Narpoli case, among the Rs 7.90 lakh cash, we have recovered Rs 2.78 lakh, which is inclusive of a fridge and a mobile phone. Similarly, in the Manpada case, from the Rs 4.27 lakh, we have recovered Rs 84,000 cash, a mobile and an LCD TV. They have been handed over to Manpada police station, who are further investigating the matter,” concluded Nagarkar.

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