The Bhayander police have registered a case against unidentified men for breaking into a Honda City car on Monday afternoon and robbing Rs 19 lakh – Rs 9 lakh cash and a demand draft of Rs 10 lakh – kept inside the vehicle.
According to the police, the incident took place around 2.30pm when Mira Road-resident Sarvar Mansuri, 55, a developer, had gone to the registrar’s office at Bhayander.
Mansuri had gone to the registrar’s office along with his real estate agents Wahid Sheikh and Sayed Abdulla to register his flat in Mira Road (East), said the police.
Mansuri left Rs 9 lakh cash and a demand draft of Rs10 lakh on the drivers seat and locked the car before going into the office.
He returned back to the car after five minutes, as one of the cheques he had taken with him was not signed.
As he reached the car, Mansuri noticed that the windowpane of his car was broken and the cash and demand draft had been stolen. He then approached the Bhayander police station and lodged a complaint.
A case has been registered under Section 379 of the IPC at the Bhayander police station. “The ICICI bank branch located at Mira Road (East) has been told to stop payment if the demand draft is deposited,” said Sudhir Kudalkar, assistant police inspector from the Bhayander police station.
“Prima facie, it appears that the accused had kept a watch on Mansuri and were well aware that he was going to visit the registrar’s office in Bhayander. Role of an insider can’t be ruled out,” added Kudalkar.
The police are also trying to find out if there are any eyewitnesses in the case, as that would help them in drawing sketches of the robbers.