Around 11.30pm on Tuesday, the Mumbai police control room received several calls from people in Tardeo, all complaining about an apparently drunk pick-up jeep driver who was driving dangerously in the locality. The police set up a nakabandi at Sobo Central mall and began to chase the rash driver, who by then was already being pursued by 20 men on bikes. After a long chase the three police vehicles, helped by the bikers, managed to corner the jeep and arrest its two occupants.
As it turned out, the culprits weren’t drunk. They were simple in a hurry, having apparently stolen the Bolero they were driving.
According to the police, driver Om Prakash Bishnoi, 22, and his accomplice Shravan Kumar Bishnoi, 20, revealed that they had stolen the Bolero from a parking lot at Marine Lines station and were in a hurry to get out of the city.
The Tardeo police booked the two men for rash driving before handing them over to the Azad Maidan police, who registered a case of vehicle theft against them.
An officer from Tardeo police station said, “Around 11.30pm on Tuesday, the Mumbai police control room got a call from residents of Tardeo who said that a man was driving dangerously. They said he seemed to be drunk and could cause a major accident if he wasn’t stopped. Meanwhile, a few people on bikes, around 20, started chasing the jeep to get the driver to stop.”
After getting a message from the control room, the Tardeo police set up a nakabandi outside Sobo Central mall to stop the rash car. As he was being chased by the bikers, the driver of the jeep entered the lane from the wrong direction by mistake.
“When he noticed the nakabandi, he threatened the riders, took a U-turn and tried to escape. On seeing this, the two traffic police riders and a police van started chasing him,” said the officer.
The police finally led the jeep to a dead end in Sir Ratan Tata Colony and left the two men with no option but to surrender.
The men were arrested around 12.30am and handed over to the Tardeo police, who contacted all police stations in south Mumbai and asked if any accidents had been reported in the past hour.
“We interrogated the driver, who revealed that they had stolen the vehicle from Marine Lines station. Later in the day, we contacted the Azad Maidan police, who registered a case of vehicle theft and were given custody of the suspects for further investigation,” said the officer.