A 34-year-old taxi driver was kidnapped, assaulted and robbed by four unidentified people in the wee hours at Nagpada earlier this week. The four accused fled, leaving the driver in the car, after crashing it into a street light pole at Pydhonie. A case has been registered with the Nagpada police station and the police are now studying the CCTV footages from the surrounding area.
According to the police, around 2am on Monday, Mohommad Akbar Rauf Khan was on a round through Nagpada when he noticed four people running towards him.
Khan in his statement to police said, “The four stopped me and asked me to take them to CST via Wadi Bunder. On the way, the four told me to stop at an isolated location. They then pushed me outside and started assaulting me with some sharp objects. They took my cash and valuables. One of the accused then took control of the vehicle while I was pushed to the back seat where I was again beaten up by two of them. The fourth accused was sitting in the front.”
According to the police, the four were escaping after stealing some valuables from a shop at Nagpada. They were being chased by local residents who by then had alerted the police. This was when they saw Khan’s taxi.
The police said Khan’s repeated screams for help and the fear that the police would catch them caused the driver to panic, who then crashed into a pole at Karnik Bridge near Pydhonie. A case of rash driving was registered with the Pydhonie police, following which it was transferred to Nagpada police station.
“The four accused had actually planned to escape in the taxi and on the way push the driver out of the car. But after they crashed the car, they couldn’t restart the taxi. They then fled from the spot leaving Khan behind,” said an officer. The police reached the spot soon after. The police said Khan has sustained minor injuries in the incident.
The accused have been booked under sections 363 (kidnapping), 392 (robbery) and 34 (acts done by several person with the furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code along with sections 279, 184 and 134 (B) under the motor vehicle act.