A day after two men carrying seven kg gold and Rs 15 lakh were killed in Malad by unidentified assailants,sources in the Mumbai Police Crime Branch said they had identified the four killers based on the descriptions given by witnesses and the autorickshaw driver who reported the crime to the police station.
We have identified the four killers as all of them have criminal records. We are now tracing their location, said an officer from the crime branch who did not wish to be named.
The incident occurred around 5 pm on Wednesday,when victims Paras Parmar (48) and his employee Hemant Bishnoi (35) were returning home. The four men had intercepted and attacked them,police said. The victims used to get gold from Zaveri Bazaar and supply it to jewellery shops in Malad,they said.
Officers from Malad police station said Parmar,a resident of Raheja township in Malad (East),had got 11kg of gold on Wednesday and after selling some of it to jewellers in Natraj Market,the two went to a bank in Malad (West) and withdrew Rs 15 lakh.
Police said after attacking them,the assailants decamped with the valuables. A few metres away,they got into an autorickshaw and threatened its driver at knife-point to drive towards Liberty Garden. They then pushed the driver out and fled with the vehicle,which is yet to traced. The descriptions of the accused,provided by the rickshaw driver,have matched with the accused wanted in similar cases in Vile Parle,sources said.
Meanwhile,earlier in the day,members of jewellers associations in western suburbs staged a three-hour dharna on S V Road in Malad. The agitation forced the Mumbai Police Commissioner to hand over the investigation of the double murder to the Mumbai Police Crime Branch.
Around 200 jewellers had gathered at New Era Theatre around 11.30 am and left the spot only after they were given an assurance by Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy that the case would be handled by four units of the Crime Branch.
Members of jewellers associations claimed that the murders proved that they were no longer safe. Assuring the members of cracking the case,Roy said,We have begun investigations from the ground level. We will prepare the data of the gang members who are suspected to be involved.
Crime Branch officers said they were tracing the autorickshaw in which the killers fled. Meanwhile,the bodies of the victims were handed over to their families.