When police and criminals hold their hands…together!
In the biggest robbery of its kind on Mumbai-Pune Expressway, two police personnel among the 10 persons have been arrested for the robbing Rs 1.29 crore
It happened on December 10 when three employees of a gold jewellery firm were going from Mumbai to Bangalore via Mumbai-Pune Expressway with cash and gold.
The trio was travelling in a bus which stopped at the Food mall on Expressway at Khopoli around 9. 30 pm. Then the team of two policemen along with five other said to be policemen, appeared in the picture and approached the employees and told them that they were under arrest for being the suspects in a bomb blast case.
Raigad Superintendent of police, Ankush Shinde told that the employees were shocked and completely surprised to this ‘police action’. He further said that the policemen convinced the co-passengers in the bus that these three had to be arrested. It was enough to make these employees ‘accused in bomb blast case’. Then the trio was taken to an isolated spot in Lonavala in Tavera via the expressway.
After reaching Lonavala, the employees were beaten by the gang of seven and robbed them of their luggage and cell phones from the employees namely Maruti Laote, Sachin Takale and Amol More.
When the matter came to know to the owner of the jewellery firm, who was in Sangali, lodged an FIR at Khopoli police station.
A team of police officers and constables from Khopoli, Khalapur and Alibaug started working on the case.
Shinde said that it was clear that somebody had tipped off the gang about the large amount of cash and gold was to be taken by these employees by bus.
Police investigated in Solapur and Sangli area and nabbed two persons. After the interrogation, they hinted the gang members who committed the actual crime.
The constables named Ashish Pawar of the Deccan police station and Sampat Pardhi of the Bhosari police station, both in the Pune district, came into picture.
It was seen that the two policemen were friends. The duo followed the bus with their fake-cop accomplices from Sion Circle, Mumbai to Food Mall at Khopoli.
The other arrested men are Amol Ghodade, age 22, Deepak Narewadi age 29, Prakash Chavan age 38, Sunil Date age 33, Shankar Jadhav age 42, Hiraman Salunkhe age 42, Sudarshan Javir, age 27 and Tulsiram Dalve age 42. The court had granted them police custody till December 27.
Superintendent of Police, Shinde said that one of the accused revealed in the interrogation that the gang had committed similar robbery near Hyderabad on a national highway. He further said that the police suspected that the gang to be involved in more such crimes.