Ramzan crowd have led to rise in theft cases in Mumbai, say cops
The patrolling teams have been asked to keep an eye out for thieves as CCTV cameras have proved ineffective in capturing crimes that take place in crowded placesmumbai Updated: Jun 01, 2018 01:07 IST
The South Mumbai police have, over the past month, shifted their focus from chain snatchers to mobile thieves owing to the growing number of cases being reported.
The patrolling teams have been asked to keep an eye out for thieves as CCTV cameras have proved ineffective in capturing crimes that take place in crowded places.
In Pydhonie, at least three complaints were filed in a span of just a week and three people have been arrested in two of the cases. All three arrested were noted to have taken advantage of the crowd , owing to Ramzan, to get away with petty thefts.
During this time of the year, Mohammed Ali Road is the busiest street making it the easiest target for robbers, one of the robbers reportedly told the police.
The first incident took place on May 21. Ahmed Muslim Khan, 21, was on board a BEST bus, on route number 124, when he realised that his mobile and wallet were missing. He noticed two men trying to alight the bus hurriedly, and with help from other passengers, managed to catch them.
The duo was identified as Arif Afzal Khan, 30, and Parvez Ismail Surawala alias Kalya, 32.
Avinash Kanade, senior police inspector, Pydhonie police station, said, “Both of them are history sheeters and have cases registered against them at Pydhonie and LT Marg stations. ”
In the second incident, on May 25, one Nadeem Sagir Khan, 22, was arrested after he broke into the home of sweet shop owner, Ali Akbar Mithaiwala, 58, at Nagdevi Street. Mithaiwala had gone shopping with his family when the incident took place.
He had sent one of his workers to his residence to collect some cash, when the worker noted that someone had broken into the house and entered the bedroom. The police was alerted and Khan was caught red-handed.
According to Pravin Fadtare, police sub-inspector, Khan is a native of Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh, and has confessed that he travels to Mumbai every year during Ramzan to commit mobile thefts and burglaries.
In the third incident, a 62-year-old Borivli resident, Ajit Kumar Menon’s phone, worth ₹25,000, was stolen by an unidentified person at Mohammed Ali Road. The incident took place on May 27, when Menon and his family were near Minara Masjid at Khau Galli. He is yet to be tracked down by the police.
Two held in Sewri
The Sewri police arrested two mobile thieves – Nizamuddin Abdul Shaikh, 23, and Shahid Shaikh, 21 – and recovered 11 mobile phones from them on May 26.
According to the complainant, Afzal Shaikh, 23, two mobile phones, collectively worth ₹43,000, had been stolen from his residence in Jaibheem.