Even as 24 hours have passed, the Nalasopara police are still to register any case against the angry mob that lynched a 26-year-old robber, who was caught red handed while entering a home.
According to the police, residents of Gala Nagar in Nalasopara (East) nabbed Sandeep Tatkare after he was accused of stealing a mobile phone and Rs 1,500 from a home.
The mob brutally beat up Tatkare and even kicked and punched him as the 26-year-old fell unconscious.
When the police arrived at the spot, they found him in a semi-conscious state.
Tatkare was rushed to a nearby hospital and later arrested for theft of a mobile phone.
Tatkare was presented before the court on Friday and was remanded to police custody for three days.
The police are trying to recover the mobile phone that was stolen.
When questioned why the residents have still not been booked for lynching Tatkare, Shriram Korgaonkar,
police inspector from the Nalasopara police station said: “We would book the residents only after investigations are complete.”
Tatkare had allegedly entered into a flat in Badrinath Apartments and escaped with a mobile phone and Rs 1,500. The owner of the mobile phone, Anup Kumar, said his wife realised that her phone was missing and informed him about the theft.
When Kumar woke up, he spotted Tatkare escaping and raised an alarm, which alerted the residents of nearby buildings, who nabbed the thief.
“Tatkare has confessed to robbing two other houses in the locality,” Korgaokar added.