A man was robbed by an unknown accused posing as a traffic policeman who robbed him of his car and mobile phone collectively worth over Rs4 lakh on Sunday.
The victim, Vikas Dhanvat, 23, is a Vikhroli resident and works as a driver. The incident took place around 10.30pm when Dhanvat was passing from Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road, on his way to his Powai residence from Kannamwar Nagar.
An unidentified man on a motorcycle intercepted Dhanvat’s Tata Indica car. He was wearing a raincoat and a cap resembling the one worn by Mumbai’s traffic police, and claiming to be a traffic policeman, said he wanted to check Dhanvat’s vehicle. He then drove away with Dhanvat’s car, saying he was taking it to the nearest traffic station and would return soon. Dhanvat had left his mobile phone in the car.
When the accused did not return after a while, Dhanvat inquired with the traffic station where he realised he had been robbed of his car and mobile. He then approached the Vikhroli police.
Senior police inspector S Gaikwad, said that based on Dhanvat’s description, the cap worn by the accused was not the one used by the traffic police. He added that police were checking if the motorcycle left behind by the accused was his own or stolen using the same modus operandi.