Police suspect that besides a large number of petrol pumps in Maharashtra, consumers were shortchanged in other states too. A similar racket had been unearthed in Uttar Pradesh in April, when the STF carried out raids and arrested 27 petrol pump owners.
The day began with tense moments as four of the seven accused — Mustafa Dossa, Abdul Qayyum, Taher Merchant and Karimulla Khan — who are lodged in the Arthur Road jail sat waiting from 11 am. Abu Salem, Firoz Khan and Riyaz Siddiqui — lodged in Taloja jail — were brought in late.
For more than 15-20 years, three men at Mumbra station have been distributing dates to people around 6.45 pm during Ramzan, while also arranging free of cost bus ferry ride home. If commuters reach the railway station around 7.15 or later, they also get cold Rooh Afza, water and fruits to end their fast.
“We have sent the murder weapon, clothes of the deceased and the ones that Siddhant was wearing on the day of the incident. The blood found on the crime scene, we suspect, will match with that of Deepali." said an officer.
The man in charge of handling these gardens on the Central Railway — that has most of these — is 57-year-old Balu Bhau Thorat, assistant divisional engineer (horticulture), who joined the railways in 1991.