All efforts of the residents of Kasarwadi came to a naught as the burglar they caught on Saturday morning escaped from the custody of Bhosari police late in the afternoon with the police remaining a mute spectator.
Rashid Hamid Shah,the burglar,was caught by residents around 11.30 am on Saturday,after he had broken the locks of a flat and gained entry into it,and he gave police the slip around 4 pm. Shah managed to escape from custody outside the Bhosari police station when he was being taken to a hospital for medical examination.
Police said Shah (32),originally from Akola district,was arrested after he was caught by the residents of Shelkhe Arcade in Kasarwadi.
He was caught due to the presence of mind shown by Ratnamala Badgujar,a 42-year-old homemaker living in the same apartment where Shah was trying to strike. I was on the terrace. My son saw the burglar entering the flat of our neighbour who were out of station and alerted me. I rushed down and latched the door of the flat from outside, she said. However,the burglar went to the balcony of the flat and emerged from the adjoining flat. We caught him and shouted for help. Other local residents gathered and called the police, said Badgujar.
Surkeha Gaikwad,another local resident,said: Ten policemen had come to arrest the burglar. But it is strange that he still escaped from their custody.
Pramod Shinde,another resident,said: All efforts of the lady and the residents went for a toss. The burglar turned out to be smarter than the police.
Senior police inspector Suresh Kekane of Bhosari police station said: Shah was in the custody of police constable Pandit Tapkeer. Around 4 pm,while he was being taken towards the police car,he hit Tapkeer in the stomach and and kicked hard on his left leg. Tapkeer already had a severe injury on the leg because of a previous accident. In spite of that,he raised an alarm and tried to chase Shah but failed to catch him.
Shah was being taken to Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital for the mandatory medical test that is performed at the time of arrest.
Assistant Inspector Prabhakar Pawar said: Shah was handcuffed but he had managed to release himself. Tapkeer saw that Shah had released himself. But as he was about catch hold of him,Shah hit him in the stomach and leg.
Kekane added: We have formed teams to search Shah. One of the teams has been sent to Akola. An inquiry will be ordered into the case by senior officers.