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60-yr-old held for crime he committed 30 years ago

A 60-year-old man has finally been arrested — for a crime he committed with accomplices 32 years ago.

mumbai Updated: Apr 05, 2012 01:54 IST
Mohamed Thaver
Mohamed Thaver
Hindustan Times

A 60-year-old man has finally been arrested — for a crime he committed with accomplices 32 years ago.

Krishna Ragunath Vaity had jumped bail in 1980 after being arrested for making away with diamonds worth Rs6 lakh from a jewellery shop in Mahim. A non-bailable warrant was issued against him by the sessions court. He evaded arrest for three decades, and prospered after taking up fishing as a profession, even managing to buy a bungalow. He owns several fishing boats, said Dharavi police.

Vaity was arrested as the result of the remarkable memory of a 50-year-old head constable Prakash Shirke, who had been posted in Dharavi in 2007, years after his stint in Dharavi in 1985. Shirke said: “I knew Vaity when I was attached to zone 4 (under which Dharavi police station came in 1985). I was not aware he had jumped bail. I was then attached to the crime branch and had no time to go through past records.”

When posted to Dharavi again, he saw the photograph of Vaity in the list of men who had jumped bail. He went to Vaity’s residence, only to find he had shifted, but managed to arrest two of his accomplices. Five years later, Shirke was tipped off that Vaity had been staying in Mahim (east).

“I had last seen him in 1985. His appearance had changed. He had managed to purchase a bungalow,” said the constable, who had also been part of the late encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar’s squad.

Shirke added: “He has not been involved in any other case. After Dharavi police and nine other stations interrogated him (for his suspected involvement in crimes registered in their police stations), he realised crime was not for him. Even the diamonds were recovered when the accused were arrested in 1980.”

First Published: Apr 05, 2012 01:54 IST