When plainclothes policemen arrested Munna Bajrangi (right) and his friend Mahendra Ahire from Shree Siddhivinayak Towers housing society at Malad (E) on Thursday afternoon, residents of the society mistook it for a kidnapping.
“Around 4 pm, my younger son told me that a builder was kidnapped from our society and that I should stay put in the house. A jeep and a rickshaw forcefully entered our complex and picked up the builder and his relative,” said a society resident, requesting anonymity. “I have never interacted with Bajrangi but he used to donate for festivals like Ganpati. We never had a problem with him,” added the resident.
Bajrangi had been staying in the first floor in C-wing of the society for two years with his wife Seema (32), two children — Simran (7) and Samir (3) and Ahire.
As soon as the residents of the society learnt about the police action, they approached Seema and told her that her husband had been kidnapped and stressed that she should lodge a police complaint. “Following pressure from the residents, Seema went to Malad police station,” a police source said.
The joint team first laid a trap for Mahendra. “The team had been following Mahendra while he was shopping and when he reached near the gate of the housing society, the police team caught hold of him and bundled him into a rickshaw while he kept shouting for help,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity.
Then two policemen went to Bajrangi’s flat. “They met Bajrangi and told him “Prembhai, kuch log aapko neeche bula rahe hain (Prembhai, some people are waiting to meet you downstairs)”.
Bajrangi then surrendered before the police.
“Around 40 SIM cards registered in different states have been seized from his house along with Rs 4 lakh in cash,” the officer added.