The timely intervention of policemen patrolling Chembur in the early hours of Monday led to the arrest of two robbers, while they were trying to steal from four people at gunpoint. While the booty they were trying to loot was recovered, the police are still on the lookout for another accomplice, who is on the run.
An investigation into the incident revealed that the gang had also robbed a doctor last week and police suspect them to be involved in more such cases.
According to the Nehru Nagar police, Lalmani Prajapati, 20, a field manager with a cargo company, and three of his friends — Santosh Kumar, Brijesh Goswami and Ramkumar Verma — had gone to Bandra to watch a film late on Sunday.
Prajapati’s three friends were visiting him from Uttar Pradesh and were staying at a Chembur hotel. They were returning to the hotel around 1.30am when the incident took place. “The four were walking towards their hotel when they were accosted by the three accused. The trio first questioned them about a theft at a nearby shop. When the friends refused any knowledge, the accused began hitting them,” said Suresh Bhavar, senior police inspector, Nehru Nagar police station.
The accused then took Prajapati aside and pointed a gun towards him. “The four were robbed of their mobile phones, estimated to be worth about Rs. 29, 000, and Rs 9,700 in cash. They were about to escape when a police jeep patrolling the area arrived on the spot,” added Bhavar.
Following a short chase, sub inspectors Santosh Tapase and Kiran Koshti managed to get hold of two of the men, Arvind Ashokan, 20, and Shanmugam Mudliyar, 33. “The third accused, identified as Govind, escaped,” the senior inspector added.
The police recovered three phones and Rs 4,000 from their possession and found that they had also been involved in a similar incident last week. “Dr Gopal Manpure was also threatened late in the night and robbed of two phones and Rs 15,000 in cash. The gang may be involved in other such cases as well,” said Bhavar.