When 30-year-old Aziz Abdul Latif was asked to halt his car by a traffic policeman, he cursed his luck as he knew he would have to shell out a fine for not wearing a seat belt.
But his annoyance soon turned into shock when the policeman drove away with his car after he stepped out to show him his driving licence.
Latif uses his brother’s Tata Indica to drop home employees of a call centre in Powai.
Around 10.45pm on Wednesday, Latif was driving from Kalyan to Powai after dropping home one of the employees.
When he passed the Kanjurmarg-Bhandup stretch of the Eastern Express Highway, he was halted by a man who was disguised as a traffic policeman.
The accused asked Latif to alight the Indica car and show him his driving licence and the vehicle’s registration papers.
“As Latif searched for his licence, the accused got into Latif’s car. As Latif had left the engine of his Tata Indica on, the accused sped away in the car,” said assistant police inspector S Kakkad from the Vikhroli police station.
The Vikhroli police lodged a case against the unidentified accused for theft and impersonating a public servant.
“The accused left behind the Hero Honda motorbike on which he approached Latif. We are trying to track down the accused through the registration number of the motorbike. However, we suspect it was a stolen motorbike”, said the assistant police inspector.