Police have arrested two drivers working for IT companies in Hinjewadi who used to loot people on the pretext of giving lift in their cars on the highways. Police said the victims were mostly IT professionals and that the suspects used to choose targets looking at their identity cards.
Hinjewadi police were investigating a case registered by Kamalkishor Malavi (35), a manager with a private firm who was robbed on the Pune-Mumbai highway on May 19. According to the FIR by Malavi, an Indica car approached him when he was waiting near Wakad bridge looking for transport to Mumbai on the night of May 19. A person asked him if he wanted to go to Mumbai and Malavi got into the car.
As the car started, two persons already sitting on the back seat started thrashing Malavi. They robbed Malavi, taking away all the cash, cell phones and other valuables. They dropped him on the Aundh Ravet road and fled, according to the complaint.
During the investigation, police received information that a suspect named Khalid Mohammed Shaikh (32) of Kanheri in Khandala was involved. He was taken into custody. Police recovered one of the cell phones robbed from the complainant. His interrogation revealed information on two other suspects — Saleem Shaikh and Nitin Pawar (23) of Navi Sangvi. Police arrested Pawar and launched a search for Shaikh.
Senior inspector Suresh Bhosale said, “The arrested suspects worked as drivers at IT companies. We now know that they used to choose targets looking at their identity cards. We have arrested two suspects and are looking for the third.”
Police have confirmed their involvement in two recent cases and further interrogation may lead to detection of more cases.