The police solved a dacoity case with the arrest of five people and recovered valuables worth over Rs 9.64 lakh including an Indigo, one revolver, one pistol and three choppers.
“Ulhasnagar resident Raju Awhad (29), who was arrested on May 25, is the mastermind. He along with his accomplices had robbed a Bhiwandi businessman, his brother and their regular client at gunpoint. They took around Rs 15 lakh and other valuables,” said additional commissioner of police (crime) Prashant Burde at a press conference on Friday.
“They also robbed a driver near Ranjnoli naka on the Mumbai-Agra highway.”
While two of the accused — Badlapur resident Mahesh Sathre (30) and Ulhasnagar resident Naresh Chabria (29) — were arrested in March, Awhad, Ulhasnagar resident Prakash Gangurde (34) and Bhiwandi resident Rohidas Shelar (34) were arrested recently based on the information provided by Sathre and Chabria.
While Awhad has 11 cases of dacoity, robbery against him, Shelar has four such cases against him. Prakash has one case each of murder and dacoity whereas Chabria was convicted in a dacoity case and had spent seven years in jail. The gang was formed while the accused were serving their respective jail terms. One more person is yet to be arrested.
They have been remanded in police custody till June 5.
In another case, the anti-extortion cell nabbed three criminals — Diva resident Jitendra Maurya (23), Ahmednagar resident Gilbert alias John Ohol (30) and Diva resident Raju Mahathe (24) — from a Mumbra petrol pump on Wednesday.
“Two pistols, four live rounds and a knife were recovered from them. The gang has been involved in murder, dacoity, house break-ins and other crimes in Mumbai, Raigad, Pune,” said Burde.