Accused confessed to their crime and said it was their first attempt
An alert 73-year-old man averted a robbery attempt when he confronted the robbers who broke open a readymade garment shop located on the same floor as his house.
Later,with the help of the locals,he handed them over to the Shivaji Park police.
On Monday morning,Govardhandas Gujarati,a shopkeeper who stays on the third floor of Ramshackle Building on Ranade Road in Dadar,spotted two youths standing outside the shop at the end of the corridor,owned by Kishor Haribhau Chande.
My wife had got up after hearing some sound and asked me to have a look outside. Thats when I spotted two boys fiddling with the door of Chandes shop. When I yelled at them asking who they were,they momentarily faltered but then claimed they had come to pick up some clothes for delivery. Some boxes filled with clothes were lying next to them, said Gujarati.
When I pushed the door,it opened easily and there was no one inside. However,they didnt have the shop keys and I noticed that the locks on the door were broken, he said.
They were fumbling in their replies to my questions. Our raised voices caused others from the building to gather. I apprised them of the situation and one of them called the police. Meanwhile,when I called up Chande,he said he did not sent anyone to pick up clothes, said Gujarati.
Chande rushed to his shop and after policemen from the Shivaji Park police station arrived,he registered a formal complaint with them.
The public had prevented both the robbers from fleeing and handed them over to us. During the interrogation,the accused identified themselves as Manishankar Mandal (20),a native of West Bengal and Sunil Ramsevak Kori (24) who hails from Uttar Pradesh. Both confessed to their crime and claimed that this was the first time they had attempted it. However,we suspect their involvement in another house break-in in December last year,which remains unsolved, said Police Sub-Inspector Deepak Pawar.