In order to curb vehicle thefts in the city during the election time,the Mumbai Police Crime Branch have been conducting search operations and nabbed four people in two separate incidents.
In the first incident,Unit 11 of the Crime Branch arrested a 28-year-old youth who allegedly robbed cars on demand. Javed alias Bablu Muktar Khan,who was arrested from Malwani in Malad on Tuesday,has more than 100 cases registered against him in Mumbai and Pune.
According to the Crime Branch,Khan used to get orders,especially around the election period,for SUVs like Mahindra Scorpio,Mahindra Bolero,Tata Sumo and luxury four-wheelers. Based on the order,Khan used to identify the target,make a duplicate key within five minutes and flee with the car,said police. Khan is a professional key maker and has all the equipment needed for making a duplicate key. He used to get orders from all parts of the country, said assistant inspector Chinaji Adhav from Unit 11 of the Crime Branch.
Khan,who is originally from Bhagat Singh Colony in Goregaon,had gone to Bihar and came back to Mumbai after he allegedly received an order for SUVs for the ongoing BMC election rallies.
He allegedly used get to orders from Nepal,Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Khan told us that he used to get Rs 10,000 for one vehicle, said Adhav. Khan was produced before a court and remanded in police custody till February 21.
In another incident three days ago,Unit 12 of the Crime Branch arrested three men for allegedly stealing four-wheelers. The trio has been identified as Farzanali Shrabali Khan (29),Zalil Ahmed Shaikh (35) and Avinash Mishra all residents of Dharavi. They had gathered outside the Gujarat Gaurav hotel in Dahisar to rob a diamond trader. Based on a tip-off,the police officers laid a trap and arrested them.
During investigations,the police officers learnt that the gang used to hire SUVs from tours and travels offices. They then used to beat up the driver before fleeing with the hired vehicle.