The Malwani police on Wednesday arrested two persons for robbing cash and valuables worth Rs 40,000 from a person working with the merchant navy. While the duo was nabbed, two of their accomplices managed to escape, said the police.
The arrested men have been identified as Asif Sayed, 28, and Alam Sayed, 22. While Asif has over 30 cases of robbery, attempt to murder and housebreakings registered against him at the Malwani police station, his younger brother Rashid, who was also involved in the crime, is absconding, said the police.
According to the police, the victim Vivek Chandra, 29, a resident of Thakur Village in Kandivali (East), had gone to Malwani to meet his girlfriend on Saturday evening. However, as she did not turn up, he started walking towards the main road to get an autorickshaw. On his way, Chandra encountered Asif, Alam and their two friends.
“The accused were under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” said Sunil Nevse, assistant police inspector at the Malwani police station.
The men assaulted Chandra and robbed his gold chain, wallet containing Rs 3,000, mobilephone and watch.
“The victim was so petrified that he went home instead of reporting the matter to the police. It is only after his parents questioned him about the gold chain that he narrated the incident to them and finally approached the police on Monday to register a case,” added Nevse.
Acting on a tip off, the duo was arrested from Malad and has been remanded to police custody. According to the police, Asif was released from the jail around a month ago after he had served a one-year sentence in a robbery case.
The police are now on the lookout for the two accomplices.