A 61-year-old retired army man caught a knife-wielding robber half his age who was in the process of extorting money from one of his employees at Kandivli (East). While the assailant attacked the senior citizen during the scuffle and also manhandled the policemen, he was finally arrested.
The police have initiated externment proceedings against the accused, who has been a headache for local residents.
The accused, Balaji Patil, stopped Sameer Gavde, who was leaving on his bike from Sai Krupa photo studio owned by senior citizen Uttam Patkar in Kandivli (East), on Sunday. Patil allegedly made Gavde get off the bike and took it for a ride. He returned later and dropped the bike off at the studio.
Around 5pm, he took Rs 1,100 from Gavde and some money from the studio’s cash box.
Just then Patkar reached the spot and saw Patil bullying his employee. He intervened but Patil started attacking the senior citizen. Patkar’s son Ravindra, who was also present at the studio, said, “He slapped my father and my father lost his cool. He caught hold of the robber and they got into a scuffle for a few minutes. Patil then pulled out a knife and started brandishing it at us.”
Soon after the accused pulled out a knife, Ravindra dialled the Mumbai police control room and a police team reached the spot. However, even as a few constables tried to overpower Patil, he manhandled the policemen. This went on for another two to three minutes, the police said.
Sudhakar Humbe, inspector at the Samta Nagar police station said, “The accused has at least five cases including those of theft and assault registered against him. We have started externment proceedings against him and he is currently in police custody.”
An officer said local residents are afraid of Patil because of his anti-social activities.
Ravindra said they had submitted complaints against Patil several times in the past. “He works with two accomplices.”