Daylight Heist Yields Just 1L Cash, Jewellery
V P Road police have registered a case of attempted murder and dacoity. Police said the victim, Surtaji Prajapati (45), sustained a bullet injury in his left hand. Prajapati is employed with Purnima Angadia service in Gulalwadi, V P Road, near Khetwadi. Every day, Prajapati would collect parcels from Mumbai Central station to deliver them to his employer’s office at Srinathji building.
Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south region), said they have admitted Prajapati and Pathan to J J Hospital and are probing the case. “Prajapati and three of his colleagues reached Mumbai Central around 6.45am to collect the parcels. They were escorted in a Nagpada police van till a few hundred metres from their building, as was usual practice. They took a footpath to reach the building gate.”
Just then, seven-eight men jumped out of an Innova, holding country-made revolvers and choppers, and fired four rounds in the air. Pathan tried to snatch the bag from Prajapati, who resisted. He then fired one round, which hit his left hand. Pathan handed the bag to one of his accomplices,” said asenior police officer. On hearing the shots, locals gathered on the street that gets busy by 8am. The attackers panicked and fled in the Innova and a bike; Pathan was left behind. He was beaten up and handed over to the police.
The bag contained jewellery and cash collectively valued at Rs 1.2 lakh, a PAN card and a driving licence. Initial probe shows that Pathan is involved in at least 16 cases of theft, robbery and dacoity registered at crime branch property cell, L T Marg police station, Malwani police station, among others.
“We found more than 20 live cartridges in Pathan’s trousers. There were several bullets in his country-made revolver too. We will invoke the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act against the gang,” said Prakash. Three teams have been formed to trace the wanted accused. “We have got CCTV footage.” The police have managed to get the SUV’s registration number. They suspect the accused had carried out a recce of the place.
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