Mumbai Crime: Vehicle lifters steal cops' bike in Kurla
Police constables were patrolling to keep a check on illegal hooch sales; they had parked bike and left the spot only for 30 minutes; on returning, they found that their bike had disappeared
If you needed any more proof that vehicle lifters are becoming more brazen by the day, here’s another example. On Thursday, some unidentified vehicle lifters walked away with the patrol bike of two police constables attached to the V B Nagar police station, Kurla, while they were ensuring that there are no hooch dens inside the slum pockets.
Constable Deepak Kharatmal has pledged to solve the case all by himself. Kharatmal claimed he has already started probing the case and would catch the culprit at the earliest
The case was registered with the V B Nagar police station by the two constables, Deepak Kharatmal and Poojari, who had been assigned beat marshals’ duty. Requesting anonymity, an investigating officer from V B Nagar police station told mid-day, “The police constables Kharatmal and Poojari were patrolling in the Makadwala compound in order to keep a check on illegal hooch sales.
Later they entered the slum area, and after they returned to their bike, they saw that it was not traceable in the area.” It took just 30 minutes for the two constables to check the whole slum of Makadwala compound for illegal hooch, when they returned to find their bike missing.
Police constable Kharatmal told mid-day, “I was recently posted to V B Nagar police station, and after which I along with my partner Poojari were posted at beat chowky 2. Since the Malwani hooch tragedy we were ordered to keep close tabs on illegal liquor sales, so we have been keeping constant vigil. Similarly on Thursday at around 11.30 pm we went inside the area to check the vicinity, and as we returned, we found our bike was stolen.”
The constable has pledged to solve the case all by himself. Kharatmal claimed that he has already started investigating the case and would catch the culprit at the earliest. After the incident the two constables arrived at the police station and lodged a complaint under Section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code; the cops have also formed teams to trace the bike that belongs to the police force.