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Six highway robbers wanted for a year arrested in Mumbai

The gang was wanted in more than 30 cases across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai

mumbai Updated: Sep 28, 2017 10:13 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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The Vikhroli police have arrested six members of a gang for allegedly robbing drivers and commuters at knife- or gun-point. The gang was wanted in more than 30 cases across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. The police had been looking for the gang for the past one year.

The six men were identified as Shashikant Kolwalkar, 60, Mahesh Mohite, 31, Janardan Laad, 35, Abhijeet Rane, 33, Manoj Medhe, 30, and Anil Yadav alias Gopal, 29 . They are from Powai and Dahisar.

According to an officer of Vikroli police station, the gang would intercept vehicles on the highway and rob drivers at knife- and gun-point. “They would take commuters and drivers to a secluded spot and threaten them with dire consequences if they did not hand over valuables. The Kanjurmarg police registered an FIR against the men after a taxi driver was robbed in the area a month ago.

A week ago, the Vikhroli police registered a case after Gaurav Najan, 30, who works as a manager in a fast food centre, registered a complaint. Najan said that he was waiting at a bus stop on Airoli highway at 11:30 pm when the gang robbed him of his valuable at knife-point.

Investigation revealed that one similar offence was registered in Kanjurmarg. Kolwalkar, who was arrested in this case, informed the Vikhroli police about the gang.

This led to the arrest of five others. They have confessed to the crime, said the police.

Sanjay More, senior inspector of Vikhroli police station, said, “The gang used to hire taxis and take the driver to a secluded spot and rob him. The six men have been arrested under Sections 395 (punishment for dacoity) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code,” said More.

First Published: Sep 28, 2017 10:13 IST