A resident of Koparkhairane was arrested for kidnapping Umesh Shah (40), a businessman from Ghatkopar.
According to DD Tele, senior police inspector of APMC police station, “Saurabh Bhoir, 30, an estate agent met Shah over a month ago and exchanged cards. The two were then in constant touch throughout the month.”
Added Tele, “Bhoir soon realised that Shah was a well to do businessman. He offered to help Shah who was looking out for land in Navi Mumbai to build a factory.”
On February 10, Bhoir asked Shah to meet him on the pretext of showing a plot to him.
According to Tele, “Shah came up to City Centre mall in Turbhe in his car after which he got into Bhoir’s Indica car. As soon as Shah got in Bhoir threatened him at gun point and asked him to pay up Rs 1 lakh in cash.”
Shah did not have much cash with him so he handed Bhoir a blank cheque. Bhoir tried to encash it but couldn’t.
Stated Tele, “The episode went on for around 12 hours throughout the day. Finally, realising that he would not get any money, Bhoir stabbed Shah in the thigh and dumped him at Panvel.”
Shah’s brother lodged a complaint at APMC market police station when there was no sign of Shah. The police managed to locate Shah and based on the information provided by him nabbed Bhoir on February 15.