Chandivli resident Sandeep Jadhav had never thought that posting an online advertisement to sell his mobile phone would turn into a nightmare. Not only did the 20-year-old lose his phone to miscreants, masquerading as prospective buyers, but was roughed up along with his friend on Tuesday night.
After the duo was discharged from Rajawadi Hospital, Jadhav approached the Tilak Nagar police, who are yet to identify the three accused.
In his statement to the police, Jadhav, an NGO employee, has said he purchased a Samsung Galaxy Grand in March, which he decided to sell through a free classified website. On June 8, Jadhav put up an advertisement reading: “Hi friends, I want to sell my new Samsung galaxy grand only 18,500 call me (sic).” He also posted his mobile phone number.
Later, Jadhav got a call from a person, who said he wanted to buy the phone. “I received a call on Tuesday [June 11] morning from a person. He had called from a PCO and said he wanted to meet me,” Jadhav told the police.
“He told me to meet him at Chunabhatti. When I refused, he changed the location to Chembur,” Jadhav said in his statement, adding: “I left for Chembur with my friend Deepak Dubey, 19, on Tuesday night. The caller initially told us to meet him in Chembur (East) but later changed the location to Chembur (West). When we reached the place near the station, a man met us after 10 minutes.”
Around 10pm, the person took Jadhav and Dubey beneath the skywalk near Nalanda Lodge where two others joined them and allegedly thrashed the duo. “They started beating us and then one of them threw a stone that hit Dubey on his head. The phone was snatched from my hand after which the trio fled the spot.” The police have registered a case under Indian Penal Code section 397 for robbery, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt. “We are scrutinising call data records to find leads,” said a police officer from Tilak Nagar police.