A watchman, who was arrested for robbery early on Wednesday morning, died under mysterious circumstances soon after his arrest.
Dhanshree Nepali alias Nirmal Bang (30) was arrested for his alleged links with a gang that had robbed cash, gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 3.7 lakh from a flat in Matunga last week.
On November 27, between 9.30 pm and 9.45 pm, Bang rang the doorbell of the flat owned by Shantilal Dedhia, who owns two jewellery stores, in Purna Shanti building. When his wife Purnima opened the door, Bang, who was employed as building watchman a fortnight earlier, said he had come to deliver milk.
At that time, six unidentified people barged into the house, assaulted and tied up the couple, and fled with cash and jewellery valued at Rs.3.7 lakh.
Joint Commissioner of Police, crime, Rakesh Maria said Bang was drunk when he was picked up from Dadar TT a little after midnight. A while later, he complained of uneasiness and was taken to KEM Hospital, Parel. However, before any tests could be done, he was declared dead.
The post-mortem report is awaited. Since he allegedly committed the robbery, Bang had been on a drinking spree with another Nepalese, Yatindra Nath (21), who works as a labourer in Turbhe, said Maria.
Nath, who was also part of the gang, has been arrested.
The police, meanwhile, claimed they had solved last week’s robbery by arresting 10 robbers (all Nepalese), including Nath and Bang.
The other eight have been identified as Prem Rana (24), Kesh Rana (23), Khadaksingh Jaighadi (25), Ram Tume (27), Gopal Thapa (23), Tikaram Shah (23), Min Kunwar (23) and Arun Thapa (24).
All the arrested accused have been remanded in police custody till December 10.
Maria said a total of Rs 13.26 lakh had been recovered from the gang along with two (stolen) cellphones and a lump of silver weighing 1.3 kg.
The police said they suspect that the gang members could be involved in many robberies.