Her desire to ‘lead’ her community by splurging money on them during times of distress could be one reason behind 25-year-old Kalyan resident Shabana Tehzeeb Hussain’s entry into the world of crime, suspect police.
Hussain is the only woman in recent months, to be booked under the rigorous Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for allegedly being part of a chain-snatching syndicate.
In 2012 after the Thane commissionerate became the first in the state to identify chain-snatching as an organised crime, many police stations have begun booking chain snatchers and their back-up syndicates under stringent crime.
Unlike the 2012 case, where Thane Police booked a few women under MCOCA for providing shelter to chain snatchers and their smuggled gold, Mumbai Police said that Hussain went a step ahead, by selling the stolen goods and finishing the illegal circle.
Hussain was arrested on May 13 by Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg police for allegedly being involved with a gang, operating between Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan.
Hussain was already wanted in two other cases at RAK Marg police station—in the activities of the same gang, but her role was still to be probed. After interrogating the arrested suspects Kasim Sayyed and Salman Hussain, police found the presence of a woman in the execution of the final act of disposing off the goods.
Police finally tracked her down for interrogation. One of the first leads that went against her was the phone numbers of various jewellers in the city, who she contacted repeatedly. “She would tell the jewellers that the gold belonged to her and she needed to sell it for her sister’s wedding,” said Vilas Wankhede, senior police Inspector of RAK marg police station.Hussain tapped many jewellers at various corners of the city to get rid of the stolen goods, police found.
“Our forefathers had come from Iran in India and since two decades we are settled in Ambivali near Kalyan. Her family has been going through a few crisis. Hussain has three sisters, two brothers, and an unwell mother, all of whom are supported by her. She has been puting in all efforts to be her community’s new leader,” Hussain’s aunt and co-accused Sayyed’s mother, Chini Papli said. “She has been splurging among people who need it. She also flaunted her good side with the share of money she made from these illegal activities. “She preferred a lavish lifestyle and preferred private transport over public,” Papli added.
Police have begun their probe and are trying to get every single detail of all goods sold, based on the numbers of all the jewellers they found in her call data records.