WHEN VIJAYNAGAR police arrested two vehicle thieves, they had thought that at best they would recover some stolen vehicles from them.
However, during questioning it turned out that the vehicle thieves had committed at least two loot incidents. In one of them they had looted Rs 1.25 lakh from a gas agency agent in July 2006 and in another they had posed as policemen and looted Rs 53,000 from a truck driver on MR-10 during the same period.
On Sunday night, during checking on Agra-Mumbai Road, two youths on a motorcycle started speeding away. Lasudia police staff, however, gave a chase and managed to arrest them.
When it was found that they were armed, they were brought to the police station. Those arrested were identified as Manoj (17), son of Parasram Pathak, a resident of Ghatia, Ujjain, and Mukesh (28), son of Babu Puri, a resident of Bhangarh. During questioning they admitted that the motorcycle they were driving was a stolen vehicle.
They said that on July 8, 2006 they along with Banti, Dhruv Sharma and Amardeep had looted Rs 1.25 lakh and a scooter from an agent of Pagare Gas Agency and the same month they had also looted Rs 53,000 from a truck driver on MR-10. Apart from this, they also admitted looting two mobiles from the Meghdoot garden area.
Police said that Banti, Dhruv and Amardeep and one more accused had shot and killed one Sandeep Yadav in Bicholi area following a dispute over sharing the looted amount. At that time, Palasia police had arrested Banti and Dhruv, while Amardeep and the other accused are still absconding.
According to police, the gang had decided to loot a spice trader who lived in Clerk Colony and used to supply spices at Barwaha. He used to carry a lot of cash with him while returning from Barwaha after every trip. Mukesh had once worked as a driver of that trader.
He said that every Wednesday he brought around Rs 8 lakh in cash from Barwaha in his car. For the purpose of the loot, Dhruv, Banti, Mukesh and Manoj had hired a Tata Sumo and waited for the trader on Khandwa Road.
However, while they were waiting Dhruv told Manoj that once they had committed the loot, they would kill Mukesh and split the loot three-ways. This unnerved Manoj who then did not let Mukesh identify the vehicle in which the trader was traveling.
Police said Manoj Pathak is an acolyte of the notorious criminal Jitu Thakur, an accused in Vishnu Ustad murder case and he used to take food for him at Mhow jail.
A PURSE kept on the table of a restaurant at Chappan Dukan was stolen on Sunday evening. The purse contained a gold ring, one diamond ring, Rs 2000 in cash, an ATM card. The victim Chanmani Gandhe, a resident of Rajnagar, had gone to the restaurant ‘Chahel Pehel’ along with his family for dinner when the incident occurred.