Thief Hops Straight Into Dadar Police Net: On November 17, 2018, Dadar Railway Protection Force (RPF) Constable BS Tayade was monitoring CCTV footage at Sion Railway Station when he noticed something odd. A man, Ashok Sayappa Mangali, 26 who was just about to reach the ticket window, leaves it and goes to the back of another queue. The police later found out that the accused was scouting for a victim. The accused switches queues five times, which made the police suspicious and in turn keep a watch on Mangali. The accused was caught red-handed by the RPF officer and the cops found Rs 2,000 in cash and debit cards of several banks. Later on a passenger, Sunil Jamadar, 33, arrived and told the cops that Mangali had hit him and snatched his wallet as he was boarding a train.
Queue-Hopping teen killed overheated argument during Durga Puja: On October 18, 2018, a casual request to step aside during the visarjan at Dadar Chowpatty ended in the murder of an 18-year-old boy. Jagdish Kadam, a resident of Mankhurd, had come with his mandal for the immersion of the Durga idol. He was grievously injured after a boy attacked him with a broken beer bottle. Jagdish succumbed to injuries during the wee hours of October 20, 2018. The Shivaji Park police registered a case of murder against three people and had taken into custody two of three accused. The attackers have been identified as Stanley Poojari, 19, and Avinash Nalawade, 19. Sameer Nasir Sheikh alias Rapper managed to run away. Both have been arrested for murder.
34-year-old man shot dead by an unidentified person: On October 12, 2018, an unidentified person fired one round at Manoj Morya (34). The incident occurred near Pramod Mahajan Park. While talking to mid-day, Rajendra Chauhan, ACP Dadar division said, "Manoj's dead body was sent to KEM hospital for the post-mortem. Sources have revealed that he was shot from the back. Dadar police had registered a case under 302 of IPC against an unknown person." Three people were arrested from Delhi in connection with the killing of Manoj Maurya. The killing was the result of a past enmity of Maurya. The case was solved within 48 hours of the crime being committed.
BMC worker arrested for stalking woman: On August 19, 2018, Mumbai police arrested a 54-year-old BMC labourer near TATA hospital for allegedly stalking and making lewd gestures at a 29-year-old woman. The stalker was identified as Laxman Harizan. According to the woman, the incident occurred on August 18 when she boarded a BEST bus from Worli Naka and was sitting next to a window seat. When the bus reached Elphinstone signal, she realised that a man travelling in a BMC vehicle was stalking her. He even blew a flying kiss at her. The woman noted the vehicle number and lodged a complaint at Bhoiwada police station where she narrated the entire incident. The police accompanied her to the TATA hospital where they found the BMC vehicle and the accused. As the incident occurred under the jurisdiction of Dadar police station, the accused was handed over to the cops in Dadar who registered an FIR under section 509 and 504 of Indian Penal Code.
Cyber fraudster poses as banker, swindles bank employee of Rs 65,000: A 49-year-old Dadar-based bank employee was cheated of Rs 64,990 by a man, who posed as a bank staff and executed the fraud with the help of her credit card number and one-time password. The accused made transactions worth Rs 1.05 lakh. Later, the victim managed to get back Rs 37,999 by immediately blocking the card. An FIR was registered with the Matunga police station on July 4. The case is yet to be solved
Man Calls Off Wedding After Bride's Family Refuses To Buy Him 46-Gram Gold Bracelet:
On May 15, 2018, the Mumbai police arrested a man for calling off his wedding because the bride’s family did not fulfil his dowry demands. The Bhoiwada police booked the man, his brother and mother under Section 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961. It is believed that the man called off the wedding over a 46-gram gold bracelet that he demanded from the bride’s family. The father of the 29-year-old woman filed a complaint and told the police that the families had met after the match was fixed by a friend at a mall in Dadar on November 25th, 2017. After the initial meeting, both the families decided to finalise the engagement and the man’s family asked for four gold rings, five silver utensils and asked them to bear the wedding expenses. The girl’s family agreed to their demands and couple was engaged on January 27. The bride claimed that the wedding preparations were on, invitation cards had been sent and a banquet hall was booked when the groom called off the wedding.
19-year-old drunk man brandishes chopper at commuters: On May 9, 2018, a 19-year-old man was arrested by the Railway Police Force (RPF) at Sion station for brandishing a chopper at commuters. The man who was drunk was handed over to the Government Railway Police at Dadar. An RPF official said that a sub-inspector was keeping a watch on the CCTV cameras at Sion station. He noticed a man waving a chopper at commuters. An official said, “It was clear that he would have harmed anyone who tried to stop him.” The GRP arrested the man and registered a case under section 37(1) and 135 of the Maharashtra Police Act.
Ex Air India employee kills senior citizen in road accident: On April 2, 2018, Mumbai Police arrested a former employee of Air India for allegedly killing a senior citizen in a road accident in Dadar. The accused was identified as Shashikant Raut and was booked for rash and negligent driving. 60-year-old Shashikant Raut, who was working as a technician with Air India, was driving a motorbike in Dadar when he knocked down a senior citizen named Mahadev Tukaram Shinde. Raut was charged under Sections 304 (A) (negligence) and 279 (rash driving) of the Indian Penal Code.
Three attempt to extort Rs 7 Crore from builder, arrested: On April 3, 2018, three people were caught in an attempt to extort Rs 7 crore from a Dadar-based builder. The trio were hired by a real estate investor, who had invested in the developer's ongoing project in Dadar. The accused were arrested by Dadar police. As per the victim's complaint, one kept calling and threatening him. The accused stated that he had high influence in the underworld, stating a comparison to dons such as Chotta Shakeel, Chotta Rajan and Ravi Pujari. The developer even alleges to have been threatened with murder.
Family detained for immolation bid: On January 26, 2018, the police detained eleven members of a family after some of them tried to immolate themselves in protest against the custodial death of a relative two years ago. Relatives of Shamsher Khan (34) had assembled in front of Shivaji Park police station in the city's Dadar area and three tried to immolate themselves, said police officials. Officials informed that Khan, who was arrested in connection with a murder in nearby Prabhadevi area in 2016, was found dead in police custody a few days later. The gathering included Khan's wife, their three children and his brother, the official added. Police confiscated a bottle containing kerosene and a knife from them. The family members were released later," the official said.
Thieves rob store in Dadar and take owner's pet dog along: On December 28, 2017, burglars broke into Shinil's pet store, I Love Pets, in Dadar, around 2.30 am. The thieves entered the store after breaking open the shutter and escaped with cash worth Rs 44,000. CCTV footage of the store also showed one of the men picking up the owner's dog, before fleeing the spot. "For me, the money was not important, but what shocked me was that they also took my pet," Shinil told mid-day. An FIR was registered under sections 457 and 380 of Indian Penal Code for house-breaking and theft. The case is still under investigation
Woman Nabs Molester, Family Of Accused Threaten her: On September 25, 2017, a young woman, who was groped at Dadar railway station mustered up the courage to nab her molester and take him to the cops, but what transpired at the police station was shocking! The young woman was shocked when the accused called up his relatives, in front of the cops, in order to pressurize the woman to drop the case. What’s more, as per the woman’s family, an eyewitness also came to the police station, but the cops let him go without recording his statement. The police said that the accused was arrested but later released on bail.
Cops Arrest Fake Crime Branch Officers: On August 13, 2017, the Marine Drive police arrested two men for posing as crime branch sleuths and cheating a Dadar-based businessman. The incident took place when the complainant fell asleep near Marine Drive station while waiting for a train. The accused, Hemant Konpdi, 34, and Sameer Qureshi, 32, from south Mumbai, shook the man awake saying they were crime branch officers. They told him to accompany them to the police station or pay them Rs 10,000, asking him to withdraw it from an ATM. Cops in a patrol team that was on its rounds asked the man what was going on. He narrated his tale, and when the two robbers tried to flee, the cops caught hold of them.
Mobile Thief Caught After 300-M Chase: On July 27, 2017, a mobile phone thief was caught after a 300-m chase at Dadar railway station. Girish Yellappa, 26, a Dadar resident, spotted a man sleeping on platform 5 of the station, ascertained if he was indeed asleep -- he shook and kicked him -- and stole a phone kept in the shirt pocket. RPF constable, Vijay Bhosale, saw the theft from another platform, crossed the tracks and began chasing the thief. Yellappa ran and hid in a toilet on the premises, 300 m away. As soon as Yellappa came out of the toilet, the constable nabbed him. Yellappa was booked under sections of the IPC.
Man Wanted In Two-Year-Old Murder Case Nabbed: On July 6, 2017, a man who allegedly committed murder in Dadar two years ago in 2015, was apprehended by officers of the Mumbai Crime Branch at Shrirampur railway station in Ahmednagar, where he was found shining shoes. Cops said that the accused was hiding out in Ahmednagar, after being on the run since the past two years. The murder accused Shivaji Dattatray Ghodake killed Baliram Pandurang Rakte over drugs on September 24, 2015, by slashing the latter's hand with a bottle of solution, leading to him bleeding to death. The deceased Rakte was a resident near Dadar Railway station. Ghodake, who was handed over to the Shivaji Park police, was booked for murder with the government railway police (GRP) at Mumbai Central. The case was later transferred to Shivaji Park police station.
Ticket Agents Go Rogue On A Booking Spree: On May 21, 2017, the Dadar Railway Police Force arrested two authorised agents who were using a dubious software to book tickets in bulk and profit from it. The police also seized 43 e-tickets that were booked using fake IDs. The duo first popped up on the radar of the railway vigilance team, which keeps track of the sales of e-tickets, when it noticed unusual activity from their centre. The joint team was then briefed and officers conducted a raid along with the NM Joshi Marg police. At the time, the duo was still booking tickets on multiple windows at a time. Both were arrested and booked under section 143 (unauthorised carrying on a business of procuring and supplying of railway tickets) of Railway Act, 1989.
Hawker At Dadar Flower Market 'Kidnaps' 4-Yr-Old Girl, Arrested: On May 20, 2017, a four-year-old girl, who was kidnapped on May 8 from near Dadar railway station, was traced to Solapur. The girl was brought back to Mumbai and handed over to her mother. On May 8, the woman, a labourer was travelling to Dadar. She, along with her kids, were on a platform at Dadar station's Central line waiting for a train. She moved away from the kids for a brief period to buy some eatables for them. Upon returning she realised that her daughter was missing. She looked for her daughter everywhere, but couldn't find her. The next day, the mother filed a complaint with Dadar Railway Police. The cops arrested the man - 55-year-old Laxman Kale who used to sell flowers in the Dadar flower market.
Pervert Lands In Jail Over Vulgar Messages To Six Women: On April 9, 2017, a man who had been sending vulgar text messages and pictures on WhatsApp to six beauticians of the same parlour was arrested from Kalwa after Shivaji Park police laid a trap. The accused, identified as Suresh Chaafe, used to work with a private firm. He was booked under section 354A (sexual harassment) of IPC and section 67 (transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act.
Businessman's Face Slashed In 'Unprovoked' Attack: On March 22, 2017, a 43-year-old Dadar businessman was on his way to a parking lot when he noticed blood trickling down his face. By the time Natekar raised an alarm, the two alleged culprits who had slashed his face, escaped. "While walking out of a Dadar food joint, he received a call while heading to the parking lot, which is a few metres away. Two youths, aged between 25-30 years, marched towards him and then passed him by. Natekar, busy on the call, realised his face had been slashed after a few minutes and immediately raised an alarm. When his friends rushed to him, they saw the two youths flee from the spot,” a police officer said. The culprits have yet to be arrested.
Thief Posed As Woman With Veil To Steal In Ladies Compartments: On December 29, 2016, officials of Dadar GRP arrested a man who used to enter the ladies compartment in trains after covering his face with a dupatta like a veil, to steal valuables from passengers. The police claimed that they managed to solve two cases with his arrest, but suspect he was involved in several other thefts. The thief is said to have looted several women using this modus operandi. A woman who was returning from a job interview was targeted by this thief and complained to the railway police. The police saw CCTV footage of the man and caught him after laying a trap. During interrogation, the accused told the cops that he started looting people as he was in need of money for his addiction to alcohol.
Rs 11 Lakh Gold Jewellery Snatched Near Dadar Station: On October 6, 2016, a 49-year-old jeweller was robbed of gold worth Rs 11.53 lakh, at a busy flower market in Dadar. The jeweller registered a complaint at Shivaji Park police station, Dadar. A case under IPC section 392 (robbery) was registered against an unknown person but an arrest is yet to be made.
Ten-Year-Old Raped In Dadar School: On January 9, 2016, Shivaji Park police arrested a caterer for raping a fifth standard student inside the school toilet at Dadar after the school’s annual function. The accused, Somnath Ferai Yadav, worked as a caterer at the hall above the school premises. An officer from Shivaji Park police station, said, "Due to the ongoing renovation work, the survivor had to use the men’s toilet. Seeing the girl alone, Yadav raped her." The victim narrated the ordeal to her mother, and she registered a case against the caterer with the Shivaji Park police station. The accused was arrested and booked for rape under Indian Penal Code section 376 (rape).
Posing As Cops, Trio Kidnapped, Looted Woman: On June 1, 2015, Dadar police arrested three conmen, who went about looting people posing as policemen. The trio had kidnapped a 40-year-old woman from Dadar on March 14 and looted her jewellery before letting her go. Acting on a tip-off, the police nabbed the accused from Dadar. "The accused had been committing crimes using the same modus operandi since 1994, they were arrested for the first time only,” said a police officer.
Woman in her fifties swipes gold rings from a jewellery shop: The Mumbai police were on the lookout for a woman in her fifties who swiped gold rings from a jewellery shop in Dadar (West) in January 2015. The woman was caught in the act on the surveillance cameras installed in the store, and a case was registered with the Shivaji Park police station. According to the police, the crime occurred on Christmas day at Waman Hari Pethe’s jewellery store in Dadar (West). The woman entered the store in the afternoon dressed in a sari. Speaking fluent Marathi, she asked the sales staff to show her different types of gold rings. She later also asked for gold chains and bangles. A case was registered on the same day with the police, and the loss reported was of one gold chain and one bangle, worth Rs 1.5 lakh. The accused is yet to be nabbed.
In the file photo, the woman asks the salesman to show her gold rings, bangles and chains. She then asked him to show her more varieties in design. s the salesman goes inside, the woman slides a gold chain and a bangle inside her purse.
Woman Stabbed Near Dadar Station: On December 16, 2012, a youth was arrested for attacking a woman with a knife in broad daylight in a crowded area at Dadar in Mumbai. "The youth identified as Vijay Sangavlekar was arrested after he attacked a woman with a knife near the Swaminarayan temple in Dadar. He had mistaken the victim for his wife, with whom he had fought earlier," an official from Matunga police station said. The woman sustained several injuries and was rushed to the nearby Sion Hospital immediately. Sangavlekar was booked under IPC sections.
From rapes to robberies, molestation to murder, the ever-bustling Dadar area has witnessed some of these gruesome crimes. Here are some instances that made news
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