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Cops put on thinking caps to nab thieves within 24 hrs

Some quick calculation coupled with some swift, nimble action on the part of the police helped nab three alleged thieves within 24 hours.

mumbai Updated: Nov 10, 2009 00:22 IST
Rachna Pratihar

Some quick calculation coupled with some swift, nimble action on the part of the police helped nab three alleged thieves within 24 hours.

The trio — Tikbahadur Thapa (30), Padamsingh Thapa (45) and Padambahar Shah (46) — all Nepali watchmen were part of a gang of six thieves, allegedly looted Rs 13 lakh from the house of a retired Income Tax officer.

They were nabbed last week from Mathura station by Vile Parle police station officials.

“The arrested accused were employed as watchmen at Janhit Castle building in Vile Parle (East) where the complainant, retired additional IT commissioner Umakant Patbhaiye (62), lived,” said Senior Inspector Valmiki Sardar. “Three of their accomplices are still at large.”

On October 31, Patbhiye and his family had left on a pilgrimage to Shirdi, said Sardar.

However, he returned to Mumbai in a couple of days after learning that his home had been broken into.

“The accused, who had not reported to work, were prime suspects,” Sardar told Hindustan Times. “We assumed they would flee
to Nepal via Mathura.”

Proceeding on this premise, a police team flew to Mathura and landed there on November 3, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone VIII) Brijesh Singh. They took along a watchman employed in another building who knew the accused.

“As soon as the trio alighted from the Paschim Express at Mathura station’s platform 3, the watchman escorting the police identified the accused,” said Singh.

The police team recovered cash and valuables collectively valued at Rs 5.5 lakh from the three accused men.

“The accused have confessed that they were on their way to Nepal,” said a police officer. “However, they have not yet
divulged any details of their three accomplices who are still wanted.”