Neither of the accused had their passports or any other documents and claimed to be on a tourist visa to India
The Malabar Hill police nabbed two foreign nationals of Iranian descent,involved in duping bank cashiers,after a long chase on Thursday.
The two men,Kohram Mohammad alias Lal Khan (38),an Irani and Pale Khan Ali (21),a Canadian of Iranian descent,were wanted in three cases for their involvement in duping bank cashiers on the pretext of currency exchange. On Thursday,a bank employee,Mangesh Kamat,noticed the two when they entered the Chowpatty branch of Standard Chartered Bank. He recognised them from the photographs that the bank had circulated after they had cheated one of the bank cashier earlier.
Kamat alerted a security guard who came to nab them. Sensing trouble,they tried to escape after pushing away the security guard. The two got away in their white Maruti Esteem,while the bank informed the DB Marg police. The police immediately broadcasted the message over the wireless. Soon after traffic constable R Sawant at Teen Batti Naka in Walkeshwar spotted them, they tried to ram their car into him when he tried to stop them. They could have made an easy escape,but a passing police Qualis spotted the traffic constables efforts to stop the car. A policeman from the Qualis alighted and chased them with the help of a motorcyclist.
Assistant Police Inspector G Palange nabbed them at gunpoint,as soon as they abandoned their car and got into a taxi. They were sent to DB Marg police custody. In an attempt to escape,they also ran their car over the feet of a bank employee injuring him, said Senior Inspector Iqbal Shaikh from Malabar Hill police station.
We were escorting Bharat Shah,the diamond merchant,to the police station to execute a warrant,when we witnessed a car hit a traffic constable. We got down and gave them a chase, said API G Palange from Malabar Hill police station.
We didnt know what the chase was about and why they were fleeing,but seeing them hit a policeman was enough. They had realised that the car was identified,so they abandoned it and took a taxi. Some locals gave us the details of their taxi and I went and arrested them at gunpoint, said Palange
During exchange of currency,the two accused used the skill of their hands to keep some notes in their pocket while counting them and would leave the bank premises quickly before the cashiers could become aware that they were cheated.
However,during one such attempt at the Santacruz Branch of Standard Chartered on January 9,the CCTV cameras of the bank captured their footage and the bank then circulated their photos to all its branches across the city as a precaution.
Kamat noticed the accused as he had already seen their photographs. Neither of the accused had their passports or any other documents though they claimed to be on a tourist visa to India.