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Former executive producer of Mumbai film production house arrested for mobile theft

Police said he tracked aspiring actors and arranged meetings at different restaurants and cafes

mumbai Updated: May 21, 2018 00:07 IST
Faisal Tandel
Faisal Tandel
Hindustan Times
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The Shivaji Park police on Saturday arrested a 29-year-old man, a former assistant executive producer with a film production house, in a mobile theft case.

The accused, Jignesh Dilip Koil, a resident of Titwala, called an aspiring actor for an audition and ended up robbing his mobile phone, according to the police.

The actor, Niranjan Joshi, 22, an Andheri resident, subsequently filed a complaint with the police. It was registered under section 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code.

“We have recovered the mobile phone and suspect his involvement in many other such cases,” said Shivaji Patil, a sub-inspector at the Shivaji Park police station.

While investigating the case, police found that Koil used to be an assistant executive producer with a private film house and had a list of aspiring actors. “He tracked them using their online profiles and arranged meetings at different restaurants and cafes,” said a police official.

When Joshi received a call, it was from Koil who used an alias, claiming he worked for Rajshri Productions. Koil told Joshi that he had seen his online profile and wanted a debutant for his upcoming movie. “He first met Joshi at an Andheri cafe and then at Dadar. Koil pretended something was wrong with his mobile phone and borrowed Joshi’s to make a call. When Joshi went to the cafe counter to get their order, Koil fled with the mobile phone,” said Gangadhar Sonawane, senior police inspector, Shivaji Park police station.

The police suspect that Koil is involved in five other mobile phone thefts.

First Published: May 21, 2018 00:07 IST