Officers from the Goregaon (East) police station recently arrested three eunuchs for threatening and snatching away cash and a mobile phone from a pedestrian.
The police have not only recovered the stolen booty from the trio, but have also cleared the area, where the incident took place, of all anti-social elements.
According to the police, the secluded spot near Aarey junction on the Western Express Highway was otherwise a nuisance for pedestrians.
The arrested trio, identified as Afsana alias Raju Shaikh (24), Shruti alias Mukesh Sherke (19), and Muskan alias Raju Dighe (30), all residents of Mahim, had robbed Kandivli resident Bhuvar Vishwakarma (47), last week.
Vishwakarma, a carpenter working in Goregaon, was surrounded by the eunuchs after he got down from a BEST bus near the petrol pump located close to the Aarey junction and went to the secluded spot to urinate.
“They surrounded Vishwakarma and robbed his Nokia mobile phone and Rs 1,500 cash before assaulting him,” said senior police inspector Suresh Shinde of the Goregaon (East) police station.
After Vishwakarma lodged a complaint, the police found out that the stolen mobile phone was switched on the day after the incident, and they traced it to Mahim.
“We knew that the accused were eunuchs and with the help of locals, we traced the trio and arrested them,” added Shinde. The trio was produced in court and they have been remanded to judicial custody.
According to the police, the eunuchs, who stationed themselves at the Aarey junction signal, would pass crude comments on pedestrians who refused to give them money.
“Several people have come to us in the past complaining about the eunuchs, but no one was willing to file a complaint due to embarrassment,” said a police officer, on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.