Two policemen were injured in a knife attack while attempting to foil a robbery in Vile Parle Monday night. The policemen caught one of the robbers while the other managed to escape. According to the police, two men on a motorcycle tried to grab the handbag of a woman travelling in an autorickshaw on the Western Express Highway in Vile Parle around 9.20 pm Monday.
“The woman shouted for help and in the struggle, the motorcycle hit the autorickshaw and both men fell off,” said senior inspector Laxman Chavan. Hearing the woman’s cries, two patrolling traffic police constables rushed to her aid. The constables, Siddharth Kini (38) and Pramod Patil (30), arrived at the scene to find the robbers fleeing on foot, having abandoned their motorcycle.
“The constables caught up with one of the accused who slashed the hands of both constables with a knife and also threatened to stab them, before being overpowered,” Chavan added.
The police arrested accused Mohammad Irshad Khan (37), a resident of Mumbra. His accomplice fled. “The woman in the auto also left while the police struggled with the robbers. She has not yet approached us to lodge a complaint,” Chavan said. ENS