Police officers panicked and deployed many nakabandis after the police control room received a call on Sunday afternoon, reporting the abduction of a man from Goregaon (West).
Soon after receiving a call, the cops swung into action, arranging for nakabandis in every road in the area. The unidentified caller had given a registration number to the police control room.
In course of the day, officers of the Vanrai police intercepted this vehicle on the Western Express Highway (WEH) in Goregaon (East), and were shocked to find the vehicle occupied by a police inspector and two constables of the Bangalore police. The policemen told them they had caught an absconding accused, Dr Santosh Roy, who had been booked in a cheating case worth Rs200 crore.
According to the police, Roy had been staying in a rented flat in Goregaon (West) for the past few months, and had allegedly cheated several students on the pretext of providing them admission to medical and management colleges in Bangalore.
The Bangalore police had arrived in Mumbai after they received information that Roy was hiding in Mumbai. They arrested Roy from his rented apartment in Goregaon (West) around 12.30pm, said a police officer.
However, the Bangalore police had not informed the local police station, as per protocol, before arresting Roy, leading to the
Kishor Jadhav, additional commissioner of police (north region) confirmed the incident, saying, “The local police was not aware about their arrival and the arrest of Roy. Someone informed the police control room about a kidnapping, and so nakabandi was deployed in the area.”
“But during inquiry, we learnt the facts. The Bangalore police said that they were on their way to inform the local police about the arrest, but they were new in the city so did not know where the police station was,” added Jadhav.
“They were travelling in a private vehicle, and were brought to the Vanrai police station. After making the diary entry about the case, the officers were allowed to leave the city with the accused,” said a police officer of the Vanrai police station.