A 10-minute chase, an injured constable and a ‘concerned’ thief landing behind bars — this was the outcome of the police trying to flag down a vehicle at Kalbadevi Road early on Thursday morning.
The occupants of the car were history sheeters with cases of house break-ins registered against them, the police said, adding that the vehicle was stolen from Mahim.
During a naka bandi operation at the Sant Kheteshwar Chowk at Kalbadevi Road, the police mobile van spotted a Maruti Swift (MH-02-L-3044) around 2.50am.
When the police signalled the vehicle to stop, the driver sped off. The team immediately alerted beat marshal number 2, Dilip Kapdi from the LT Marg police station, and his colleague.
On spotting the car, the beat marshals intercepted it and parked their bike in front it.
However, one of the accused started to shout, demanding that the constables get out of their way. When Kapdi refused to budge, the driver rammed the car into the motorcycle.
Kapdi, who was seated on the bike, fell down and sustained injuries on his right hand.
One of the occupants, Vijayan Joseph, jumped out of the vehicle to check on Kapdi.
However, the mobile van that was also chasing the car reached the spot and caught Joseph, while the other two fled on foot.
Avinash Sonawane, senior inspector, LT Marg police station, said Jospeh had cases against him at Pydhonie and Santacruz police stations. “He has been booked for attempted murder. We are tracing the other accused, Santosh and Khanna. We seized the car and found tools used to break into the house.”
The police suspect that they were on their way to south Mumbai to break into a house.