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Beware, this gang travels to Mumbai every Monday to snatch phones on crowded trains

Earlier, the Mumbai Central GRP had arrested three men who robbed commuters by pretending to be devotees returning from Siddhivinayak temple

mumbai Updated: Oct 02, 2017 11:36 IST
Megha Sood
In the first six months on 2017, around 3,450 cases of mobile phone thefts were reported in the city’s suburban trains. 
In the first six months on 2017, around 3,450 cases of mobile phone thefts were reported in the city’s suburban trains. (HT File Photo)

Nabbing a man who was acting suspiciously at Borivli station helped the police discover a gang who travels from Meerut to Mumbai every Monday only to snatch phones from railway commuters.

The Borivli government railway police (GRP) arrested Mohammed Shahbad Khan, 26, when they saw him putting his arm into a commuter’s pocket during the peak hour on Friday. He could not provide a satisfactory explanation for his behaviour, said police. On searching him, police found two more mobile phones.

During interrogation, Khan told the police he was part of a four-member gang. He led the police to his Vasai house, where they found 39 phones that the gang had robbed. Police said the gang would take advantage of crowded trains and snatch phones from people who were alighting or walking towards foot over bridges.

The police are now on the hunt for the other three gang members.

Earlier, the Mumbai Central GRP had arrested three men who robbed commuters by pretending to be devotees returning from Siddhivinayak temple.

On August 1, Sunil Bhaskar Gavkar, 29, who is a supervisor at a private company living at Dadar railway rest house, was travelling in the luggage compartment with his colleague, Sushant Das. The two boarded the Mahim-bound train at Matunga. As the train left the station, the three attacked Gavkar and began bullying him. They assaulted him and snatched his mobile phone and wallet that had Rs16,800. “When Gavkar resisted, the three pushed him off the train. As it had slowed down while entering Mahim station, Gavkar was not seriously injured even though he fell on the tracks,” said a GRP official.

In the first six months on 2017, around 3,450 cases of mobile phone thefts were reported in the city’s suburban trains. This is alarming compared 939 cases of mobile phone thefts reported between Churchgate and Dahanu Road during the same period last year.

GRP officials said they were patrolling all major platforms with loudspeakers to spread awareness. They have also instructed commuters to hold their bags close to the chest.

More 6 lakh people commute by trains daily, of which 90% carry a hand bag, purse or backpack. Police said a theft is most likely to occur if the commuter’s bag is on his back rather than close to his chest.