Mumbai and its adjoining townships continued to reel under the terror of armed robbers for the second consecutive week with at least four robberies reported on Wednesday.
With a weakened underworld, smaller criminals seem to be targeting everything from jewellery shops to middle-class Mumbai households every day with a growing brazenness. In the last 15 days, there have been as many robberies.
Sajan Jewellers at PB Marg in Worli was robbed of gold ornaments worth more than Rs 60 lakh. Though the incident may have taken place late on Monday night, shop owner Suresh Tarachand Jain (48) said he discovered it only late on Tuesday afternoon on his return from Rajasthan.
Jain told HT that he had left for his hometown on June 20, leaving the store in the care of his employee Praveen Choudhary alias Parvath (32). Praveen, who hails from Rajasthan, was working in the shop for the last three years. He was last seen on Monday night.
Robbers also struck at a jewellery shop in Vashi, an electronic goods shop in Bhayander and a rickshaw driver in Mulund.
Joint commissioner of police (Law and Order) KL Prasad said the Mumbai police had decided to adopt a “zero tolerance” approach towards robbers. “If the criminals are intelligent, they should not throw a challenge to KL Prasad and Rakesh Maria (joint commissioner, Crime),” he warned.
(With inputs from Hijaz Tharola)