The Worli police, which arrested a couple in a case of chain snatching case last week, fed the male accused three dozen bananas to recover a chain that he had swallowed after snatching it from a 62-year-old.
The senior citizen raised an alarm after the man snatched her chain and he was caught by locals. In a bid to escape by claiming innocence, he allegedly swallowed the chain. According to the police , the accused, identified as Sagar Sapkal, 19. claimed his friend, Roshani Koli, instigated him to commit the crime.
An officer from Worli police station, who did not wish to be named, said, “Last week, while the Sakpal and Koli were taking a walk at the Worli sea face, she accused him of not giving him any gifts as he was unemployed. They had a fight and she instigated Sapkal to steal the chain. He then snatched the senior citizen’s chain.”
However, just after he snatched Koppayi Devendra’s chain, she raised an alarm. The passers-by caught Sakpal before he could flee. Koli, however, managed to escape.
“Sapkal then swallowed the chain and claimed he was innocent. After the locals informed the police, a patrolling team was dispatched and he was brought to the police station,” said assistant police inspector SS Suryavanshi from Worli police station.
The accused did not confess the crime for hours and instead pleaded innocence. He, however, revealed later that he had swallowed the chain just before he was caught.
Sapkal was then admitted to KEM Hospital and was forced to eat more than three dozens of bananas. The chain was recovered in a natural way after two days. Simultaneously, a team was sent to Koli’s Madraswadi residence in Worli and she was arrested.
The accused have been booked under section 392 (punishment for robbery) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.