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Words ‘Sai Dham’ written on windscreen help Mumbai cops arrest driver who fled with phones

Sunil Gupta fled with 101 mobile phones worth Rs17.31 lakh and was arrested on Friday

mumbai Updated: Jul 23, 2017 01:45 IST
Sagar Rajput
Sagar Rajput
Hindustan Times
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The accused was arrested on Friday.

The words ‘Sai Dham’ written on the windscreen of an autorickshaw helped the Bhandup police arrest a driver who allegedly fled with 101 mobile phones worth Rs17.31 lakh. Sunil Gupta, 28, was arrested from his home in Bandhup on Friday.

The complainant, Sandeep Singh who is a mobile phone wholesaler, was travelling from Powai to Mulund with the mobile phones in an autorickshaw on Thursday night. Near Kanjurmarg, the vehicle ran out of fuel and Singh hired another auto, said Sachin Patil, deputy commissioner of police (Zone 7).

“Singh loaded all mobile boxes in the second auto. While he was paying the first auto, Gupta fled with the mobiles,” said Patil.

Singh told the police that he could not note down the registration number of Gupta’s auto, making it tough for cops to find the vehicle.

“However, Singh remembered that the words Sai Dham were written in bright paint on the windscreen. We started scanning CCTV camera footage from LBS Marg,” said Patil.

With the help on CCTV footage, the police were able to get the registration number of the vehicle. The police learnt that Gupta was driving a rented autorickshaw.

“We went to his home at Gavdevi in Bhandup and arrested him,” said Patil.

Gupta has been booked under Section 379 (punishment for theft) of the Indian Penal Code.

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