April 30, 2009 2:02:54 am
An assistant police inspector was injured in the early hours of Wednesday after a scuffle with thieves on the Mumbai-Pune expressway near Valvan village,Lonavala.
According to the Lonavala police,two trucks coming from Mumbai to Pune were passing through the expressway at around 2.30 am on Wednesday,when a few unidentified persons pelted stones at them. When the drivers stopped the trucks,the thieves entered one of them,threatened the driver and the cleaner of the truck with sharp weapons and told them to part with all their valuables.
They handed over Rs 30,600 and gold ornaments they were wearing and fled. The driver and the cleaner then approached the police. Assistant police inspector A D Phadtare and two constables immediately reached the spot. The thieves,who were still standing near the truck,started pelting stones at them.
One of them hit Phadtare on the hand with sharp weapons,injuring him,and the duo fled the area. Phadtare has been admitted to a private hospital in the city.
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When contacted,Ravindra Kadam,superintendent of police,Pune (rural),said,We suspect that the thieves may be from Raigad or Navi Mumbai. The police have some concrete clues,investigations are going on and we will crack the case soon.
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