In November 2018, a 42-year-old woman was arrested for brutally assaulting a four-year-old girl inside an elevator in Mankhurd. The horrifying incident was captured on CCTV camera installed inside the lift. According to the police, the accused and the victim live in the same building. The Trombay police booked the woman under Section 394 of Indian Penal Code(voluntarily causing hurt while committing robbery). The cops said that the accused wanted to steal gold earrings, the child was wearing. However, the family of the child have alleged that Shaikh wanted to kill the girl and she should be charged with attempt to murder. The CCTV footage shows Shaikh closing the elevator door before she starts hitting and kicking four-year-old Janhavi mercilessly for few minutes. She then sits on the child and begins to murmur something. Neighbours who heard Janhavi's cries tried to rescue her but Shaikh was not letting anyone enter the lift. The terrifying ordeal was finally over for Janhavi after Shaikh was forcibly dragged out of the lift.
In November 2018, Palghar police's campaign of 'One camera for the city' in which shopkeepers were requested to put one CCTV camera on to the main road in front of their shops, helped the cops crack an attempt to murder case. The cops nabbed three people who tried to kill their friend after the crime was captured on a shop's CCTV camera that was pointed towards the road where it took place. The man, Shailesh Mal, 28, was attacked by five of his friends, including a woman, who also hit him with stones. They fled the spot after they thought he was dead. Mal's brother later admitted him to a hospital. The police found that the incident was recorded in one of the CCTV cameras installed outside a shop near the Vasai West railway station, under the jurisdiction of Manickpur police station. Mal's brother, Shankar, watched the CCTV footage in the presence of the police and identified the accused.
On 25 October 2018, a female, who claimed to be a model-cum-content writer, stripped after she had an altercation with a security guard and the police at a posh housing society of Lokhandwala in Andheri West, Mumbai. The girl, was heavily drunk, created chaos and attacked the security guard. In the CCTV footage accessed by mid-day, the woman was seen having an heated argument with the watchman whom she later thrashed and then dialled the police emergency number. A team of cops from Oshiwara police station reached the spot and asked the woman to come to the police station to register a case. However, the woman denied to go the to police station saying that there were no female officers with the police team. She later went to Oshiwara police station to register her complaint.
On 12th October 2018, a middle-aged person molested a minor school girl at the foot overbridge (FOB) of Mumbai Central station. The accused was identified as Paramjeet Singh, a 47-year-old resident of Reti Bandar in Mumbai. The entire incident was captured by CCTV cameras installed at the FOB. In the footage, the survivor and her friend are seen chatting on the FOB, when the accused, identified as Singh walks towards them carrying two bags, he keeps the bags down, approaches the girls and touches the survivor inappropriately. He then nonchalantly picks up the bags and walks away as if nothing happened. The cops examined the CCTV footage to identify the culprit and arrested him.
In September 2018, an unidentified woman was caught on camera stealing a mobile phone from a store in Mulund, a suburb in the north-east of Mumbai. The incident took place at Neel Telecom located at Sai Classic VP Marg in Mulund East. The shop owner came to know about the incident when the helpers who were cleaning the racks found a mobile phone missing. When the owner checked the CCTV footage, he saw that a woman had picked up a box containing Samsung A6 mobile, which is worth Rs 22,320 and hid it inside her bag. Three arrests were made in the case.
On 11th September 2018, a 22-year-old researcher from Manipur was commuting with her European colleague on a train, when she was allegedly molested. She informed the police that the incident took place when she was returning with her colleague, after some research work in Navi Mumbai to their hostel in the eastern suburbs. She said in the report that a man had touched her inappropriately taking advantage of the peak hour crowd in the coach. While she and her colleague tried to nab the man, other passengers remained mute spectators and the accused managed to flee. The police then managed to trace the accused with the help of his photograph clicked by the victim and after analysing the CCTV footages of various railway stations. The culprit was later arrested. (Representational Pic)
A broken tail light of a two-wheeler and an intensive probe helped the Versova police arrest five bag-lifters just two weeks after two of them made away with a vendor's bag containing Rs 6 lakh in cash at Four Bungalows, Andheri. The incident occurred on 28th August 2018. Versova cops swung into action after the vendor had complained that his bag was snatched from his tempo by two men who fled on a bike. Initially, the cops traced the duo to their hideout in N. M. Joshi Marg, following which their interrogation led them to three of their accomplices. The trio was picked up from Mahalaxmi, Kalachowkie and Curry Road areas. The police also seized two vehicles from their possession. An officer from Versova police station said all accused were school and college dropouts. Sources said the cops scanned footage from more than 60 CCTV cameras.
In August 2018, four men allegedly robbed a jewellery showroom of valuables worth lakhs of rupees at gunpoint in east Delhi's Pandav Nagar, police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (east) said the accused looted the shop at gunpoint one afternoon. The shop owner and his wife were present at that time. The robbers noticed CCTV cameras installed inside and outside the showroom and also damaged the cameras and robbed the Digital Video Recorder along with jewellery worth lakhs of rupees, the officer said. It is suspected that jewellery worth Rs 50 lakh was looted. Police said the four accused came in a car. They allegedly held the couple on gunpoint, threatened to shoot them if they shouted. Subsequently, the accused looted diamonds, silver and gold jewellery that were on display and carried it in a bag. While fleeing from the spot, they again threatened to shoot the couple if they shouted in defence. The case is under investigation. (Representational Pic)
On 29th July 2018, a woman was allegedly attacked and her jewellery and mobile phone were snatched by an unidentified man in Shahdara's Mansarovar Park. The incident which was caught on CCTV. In the footage, a man is seen following the woman who was walking down a narrow lane. He grabbed the woman from behind, held her by the neck and pinned her down. He subsequently managed to steal her mobile phone and jewellery before fleeing towards the end of the lane where another man on a motorcycle was waiting for him. The police registered a case and are probing the matter. (Representational Pic)
In a bizarre incident on August 2018, a gang of six burglars were caught dancing in front of a CCTV camera before committing a robbery in north Delhi's Lahori Gate area. In the CCTV footage, a burglar is seen getting into an impromptu victory dance after other members of the gang successfully broke into multiple shops and stole cash and electronic items. The cops traced them and arrested the culprits. One autorickshaw, two laptops, one LCD, some other electronic items and lock-breaking equipment were recovered from their possession. During the investigation, it was revealed that the accused used an autorickshaw with a tri-colour design at its rear. Further investigation was carried out on the basis of this clue, the officer said. On the basis of a tip-off, the six accused were arrested along with the autorickshaws that were used in the commission of the crime.
In May 2018, a 19-year-old South Mumbai resident was arrested by the police for allegedly molesting a woman near a hotel at Marine Drive. The accused was a resident of Colaba. On 15 May around 10 pm, the survivor was returning to her hotel from a walk on the Marine Drive promenade, when an unknown biker approached her from behind and molested her. She turned and even tried to chase him, but he sped away. She reported the incident to the Colaba police, and they filed an FIR against an unknown person under section 354 (outraging modesty) of the Indian Penal Code. The police then began scanning CCTV footage from the area where the incident occurred. Though the woman was unable to see the accused's face clearly, she saw his bike — a red Pulsar — and clothes — a blue and black shirt. After scanning several CCTV frames, the police found a person who was seen riding a bike near the locality where the crime took place. Officers went to several shanties in Colaba and showed the CCTV grabs to the people. After the culprit was identified the cops laid a trap and detained him as soon as he arrived at the spot. During the course of interrogation, he confessed to the crime.
On 21 April 2018, a 56-year-old steel broker was pushed on the tracks from platform number 3 at Mulund station, allegedly by a woman because he accidentally bumped into her. The victim was run over by an Asangaon train. According to eyewitnesses, the victim accidentally bumped into the woman and he immediately apologised, but the woman along with another commuter started pushing him. When the latter tried to defend himself, the woman pushed him again, as a result he lost his balance and fell on the tracks, and an oncoming Asangaon local crushed him to death. The Kurla GRP began the probe by circulating the CCTV footage to all station personnel, canteen employees, and RPF and GRP men for identification of the culprits. Soon the cops were able to get an identification and arrested the woman from her residence in Chembur. They also tracked down her accomplice in the incident, her cousin, and arrested him. (A collage of the incident)
In February 2018, a 21-year-old woman was allegedly molested at Turbhe railway station by a man. The act was captured on the CCTV camera in which the accused was seen trying to forcibly kiss the woman. On the basis of the woman's complaint and CCTV footage, the cops nabbed the molester, who is a resident of Ghansoli in Navi mumbai
In December 2017, Mira Road police arrested a former pradhan of Pratapgadh, UP, who used to visit Mumbai to steal. Asif Abdul Sheikh was arrested following a tip-off, and during interrogation, he confessed about his involvement in several cases. The man targetted the house of one resident of Mira Road. He managed to steal around 86 gm of gold and Rs 30,000 from the house. The police said the accused had also stolen an ATM card, which he used to withdraw Rs 50,000 from her account. Cops recovered CCTV footage from the ATM in which the accused was seen making a transaction. With the help of the images captured on the CCTV, the police alerted their sources, who soon gave them a tip-off that the accused was near Wadala. Officers laid a trap and arrested him. (Representational Pic)
CCTV cameras installed across the city capture every action in its range, including crimes. These footages provide valuable inputs and clues to the police and help them solve cases. We look at crimes caught on CCTV cameras in Mumbai
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