Suspects pretended to help victims whose bike had broken down
Two software professionals were allegedly threatened and robbed by four persons on Baner Road early on Sunday. The victims bike had broken down and the suspects,on the pretext of helping them,took the opportunity to commit the crime,the police said.
The incident occurred when the victims,Apurv Mahavir Kothadia (22) and Abhinandan Kudale,were returning home after watching a late night movie at a multiplex in Kothrud. Kothadia works at a multinational IT firm in Hinjewadi. He and Kudale share a flat in Wakad,the police said.
Around 2.30 am,as they approached Baner Road from Nanavare Vasti on the Mumbai-Bangalore highway,their bike broke down,the police said. Inspector Subhash Nikam said,Kothadia told us that four persons on two bikes approached them and offered to help them. They took them to a relatively dimly lit secluded spot. They threatened them and asked them to withdraw money from the nearby ATM.
The victims withdrew Rs 10,000 each,which the suspects snatched from them. The suspects also took away their cell phones collectively worth Rs 27,600,he said. Fortunately,the victims could recall the registration number of one of the two bikes. We have launched a search operation for the suspects, Nikam said.
An officer with Chatushrungi police station said,The suspects do not seem to be hardened criminals. We will nab them soon. We have the CCTV footage from the ATM,but their faces are covered.
Police commissioner Gulabrao Pol said,I have ordered that patrolling be beefed up in that area. A large number of IT professionals stay in there. However,citizens must also be cautious.