Conman trying to flee cops run over by bus

Oct 17, 2013, 04:54 IST | Vinay Dalvi

The accused, who had hacked into Raveena Tandon's husband's account and stolen Rs 12 lakh, was being chased by cops; he tried to board a BEST bus to escape but fell down

Running away from the law has never been easy, and a conman learnt this the hard way. While trying to flee from cops chasing him, he tried to board a BEST bus, but missed his step andfell, following which a bus ran over him and he fractured his leg.

1. Sensing that he was trapped, the accused, Sumit Gupta, pushed Assistant Inspector Nitin Patil and fled the bank

The whole incident occurred after the conman, identified as Mujjamil Alam Tazdar, hacked into Raveena Tandon’s husband Anil Thadani’s account and transferred money to the tune of Rs 12 lakh. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Niket Kaushik said that Anil Thadani, owner of A A Films, approached the cops complaining that an amount of Rs 12,58,000 had been transferred from his Yes Bank account to that of an IDBI account belonging to a Sumit Gupta, an alias of Tazdar.

2. Initially, Gupta, fleeing from the cops, tried to halt a rickshaw, but with no success. He then ran another 200-300 feet and tried boarding a BEST bus that was heading towards the station

“Later, when we investigated the case, we found that the amount was also withdrawn from the same account of Gupta from an ATM. We checked the CCTV footage and managed to identify him,” said a police officer from the Property Cell of the Crime Branch. Acting on this information, the authorities searched the Gupta’s residence at Lokhandwala and were later tipped off that Gupta alias Tazdar would visit ICICI Bank at Dindoshi. 

3. While boarding the bus, Gupta missed a step and slipped and fell to the ground. The rear tyre of the bus then ran over Gupta. The authorities then rushed him to a nearby hospital, where it was found that he had fractured his leg. Illustration/Amit Bandre

Following the tip-off, cops set a trap and waited for Tazdar to show up. On Tuesday evening, Gupta showed up at the bank and Assistant Police Inspector Dilip Phulpagare and Assistant Inspector Nitin Patil were waiting to nab him. “When our officers went to intercept him, he pushed Patil and started running, and tried to flee by halting an auto. But he was unsuccessful. He then ran another 200-300 feet and tried to board a BEST bus going towards the station. However, his leg slipped off the step and his right leg went under the rear tyre of the bus,” said an officer. Authorities rushed Gupta to a private hospital, from where he was shifted to GT Hospital in CST. 

“We will arrest Gupta after he is discharged from the hospital. His colleague Salim Usman Gani Sayyed has already been arrested and booked for cheating and forgery. We suspect that the duo sought help from Nigerian gangs to hack the bank accounts and transfer money into their accounts, and later withdrew it to pay the Nigerian gangs a commission,” said the police officer, adding, “Till now, we have learnt that they have cheated around 12 people, and are wanted in Nashik and Thane.” 

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