A 21-YEAR-OLD Master’s student from Mumbai University (MU) was pulled off a BEST bus allegedly by a mobile thief Saturday after she resisted his attempt to steal her phone. While the girl sustained injuries in the incident, the accused managed to flee.
The Vakola police have registered a case of theft against the unidentified accused and are looking out for him.
As per the police, the incident took place on Saturday when Sailee Kole, a Masjid Bunder resident, was on her way back home after her lectures at MU’s Kalina campus.
“About 6.20 pm, she boarded a BEST bus from the stop outside the varsity. The bus was very crowded, hence she was standing on the steps at the rear of the bus,” an officer said.
Around the time the bus began to move, Kole realised that someone was trying to remove her mobile phone from her bag. On turning around, she found the man standing behind her holding her Samsung Grand phone, said Police Sub Inspector Sandeep Shinde, who is investigating the case. She then started shouting and tried to stop the thief from running out of the bus. The accused, however, jumped off the bus and also dragged her down, even as the bus had started moving.
Kole, who fell down, sustained injuries on her leg. She then approached Vakola police and complained against the man. The local Crime Branch is also trying to track down the accused. A crime branch officer said that the girl hardly saw the accused for a few seconds so they are unable to draw his sketch. “We are checking footage from CCTV cameras installed at shops along the bus route to identify the accused,” the officer said.