One of the three men who robbed a Khar garment shop last month has turned out to be a student of a Bandra college. The motive for the robbery, police said, was their desperation for funds for the medical treatment of the sister of one of the men. The three arrested have been identified as Shaikh Akib Abdul, 20, Ashfaque Khan and Harshad Koli, both 21.
Shaikh was an employee at the shop of the complainant, Ramesh Mordani, 57. The police said Shaikh’s sister suffers from fits and he desperately needed money to get her treated. He approached his friends Koli, Khan and another person, whose name the police have withheld as he is yet to be arrested. Shaikh told them they would have to carry out a robbery if the money had to be arranged. The others agreed.
Shaikh then told his friends that his employer always kept money in the shop and they decided to rob him on September 27.
Shaikh was present in the shop along with Mordani when the trio came in posing as customers. They placed a large knife at Mordani’s neck and took his gold chain worth Rs50,000 and Rs12,000 from the cash drawer.
“It appeared to be an inside job and when we questioned Shaikh, he confessed,” said Mangesh Pote, senior inspector of Khar police station.
Shaikh led the police to his two accomplices while the third escaped. “They did not want the money for a lavish lifestyle but for the treatment of their friend’s sister. But, they chose the wrong method,” said Baburao Mukhedkar, inspector.