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6 held for robbing truckers in Thane

The gang used to operate along the Eastern Express Highway and the Ghodbunder road in Thane and target outstation trucks and trailers.

india Updated: Dec 25, 2011 01:33 IST
Megha Pol

The Thane police busted a gang of highway robbers and arrested six persons on Saturday.

The gang used to operate along the Eastern Express Highway and the Ghodbunder road in Thane and target outstation trucks and trailers.

On Friday, the gang arrived in auto-rickshaws and waited on the highway near Jupiter Hospital in Thane. The men then targeted drivers of heavy vehicles passing along the highway. When one of the drivers alerted the control room, a team of officers reached the spot and confronted the men. While five men escaped, police were successful in arresting the gang leader.

Satish Ghotekar, assistant police commissioner, said, “We first caught the gang leader Ajay alias Babu Vishwakarma. He led us to five other members of his gang.” Vishwakarma has been remanded to police custody till December 25.

The gang used to target trucks heading out of the state. They used to rob the drivers of their mobile phones and cash.

Police said the men took advantage of the fact that most drivers who drove inter-state trucks carried plenty of cash on them to refuel trucks.

Police said that though the gang had been robbing truckers for a month, none of the victims came forward to report the matter, perhaps because most drivers are not from the city and thus did not wish to get entangled in legal complications here.

The police have found no weapon on them, though the investigation is in process.

Vishwakarma has 20 cases of robbery, dacoity, murder and house break-in against him in Thane and Navi Mumbai. A resident of Ambivali village, Vishwakarma had formed the gang a month ago, the police informed.

The other accused, Sandeep Kumar Gupta, 24, Jitendra Jaiswal, 35, Sunil Jaiswal, 18, Raj Kumar Sahani, 18 and Siddhique Sayyed, 18, were arrested by the police on Friday. All the five suspects are residents of Manpada, Thane (W). They have been remanded to police custody till December 28.