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Encounter with bank robbers lands salon owner in soup

india Updated: Jun 17, 2009 01:20 IST
Rachna Pratihar
Rachna Pratihar
Hindustan Times
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The salon owner, who saw the two miscreants after they had looted Apna Sahakari Bank’s Naigaum branch last month, has alleged that the Crime Branch police have harassed and assaulted them.

On May 22, two people looted Rs 28.75 lakh and escaped in a silver Maruti Zen. They are still at large.

The police said there has been no breakthrough.

Investigations revealed that the two men, after the robbery, went to Mane salon near Sewri Khadda where one of the accused got his beard shaved off by Zakir Hussain (22).

Hussain was picked up by the police for questioning.

“The Crime Branch officials from Antop Hill unit tortured us for at least 12 days,” said Hussain, a resident of Masjid Bunder who has been working at the salon for two months.

“They would pick me up every day for questioning. The officers had also rounded up several boys from the locality, who were also harassed and assaulted,” said Hussain.

He added he had to shut the shop for two days.

“One the two men carrying a red suitcase stood outside the salon. The other man came in and asked me to shave off his beard quickly. He was 5.5 feet in height, wheatish in complexion and wore a white half-sleeve shirt and black pants. He had an innocent look on his face and seemed to be in hurry. He left after 10 minutes and paid me Rs 10,” said Hussain.

Deven Bharti, additional police commissioner (Crime), said he had not got any complaint against his officers.

The police said the two had been roaming in the stolen car — but with the original number plate — for eight days before the robbery. Investigations revealed that the car had been stolen from Naupada on May 14, six days before the robbery. The car was found abandoned in Sewri on May 24.

“The car’s owner, Atul Khemji, a businessman, had lodged a complaint of theft. It is strange that the car was not intercepted at any of the check nakas,” said police inspector Raju More.