Police have arrested four people in connection with the daylight robbery at Vile Parle earlier this month. Posing as Mumbai Police Crime Branch officers, the accused robbed two courier company employees of their consignment worth Rs 2.48 crore. Police said that ferrying such a valuable consignment without any security was negligence on part of the courier company, and this matter would also be pursued.
According to police officials, on October 21, Mahendrakumar Saini and Pawankumar Saini, employees of Jai Mata Di courier company, picked up a consignment of gold jewellery, biscuits and wristwatches from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and were on their way to deliver it to the client on a Honda Activa scooter when five unidentified men stopped them.
The men claimed to be officials of Unit XI of the Crime Branch and made the two victims get into their Swift Dzire car. Four of the men got into the car with them, while the fifth got on the scooter, saying that he would follow them. The man on the scooter, however, disappeared after following the car for around 150 meters, and the victims were robbed of their cell phones and possessions and abandoned near Jogeshwari flyover, after which they approached Vile Parle police.
“After working on a tip-off, we laid a trap near Aale Phata on the Pune-Nashik highway and detained the four suspects on Saturday afternoon. After they confessed to the robbery, we arrested them on Sunday. Some more accused are still on the run,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti.
The arrested are Rahul Kanyalkar (44), Ashish Bhosale (34), Naseem (35) and Sachin Kanse (31). Police recovered loot worth Rs 2.10 crore from them. According to police, a wanted accused named Nandu Tailor, who works as an agent for some courier companies, told his friend Himmat Tailor that valuable consignments were routinely picked from the airport without security.
Himmat passed on the information to the arrested accused, who hatched the plan. On the day of the incident, the accused lay in wait for the victims and Nandu, who followed them on his bike, pointed them out to the gang, after which the courier boys were intercepted and robbed.