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A day after three assailants shot at a jeweller in Ghatkopar and fled after looting him,another jeweller was robbed of 5 kg of silver in the same area.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: April 17, 2014 2:21:07 pm

A day after three assailants shot at a jeweller in Ghatkopar and fled after looting him,another jeweller was robbed of 5 kg of silver in the same area. The robbers fired two rounds in the air to threaten the victim,police said.

Police on Sunday released sketches of the suspects and are probing whether the same group is behind both incidents.

The incident took place around 2.30 pm on Sunday in Pant Nagar,Ghatkopar,when the victim Mangal Lodha,28,was returning from Vashi with his younger brother Deepak and an employee,Jitendra,to his Ghatkopar residence.

Pant Nagar police said a Toyota Innova and a motorcycle intercepted Lodha’s car and three persons from the SUV and two from the motorcycle approached him. One of the persons was carrying a device similar to a screwdriver with which he broke the car’s windshield while another started threatening Lodha with a chopper. A third member of the group took out a pistol and fired in the air,while another took the bag containing silver and cash. Police said Lodha was returning from Navi Mumbai,where he had to deliver a gold ornament consignment to a client. “It is suspected that the assailants were following Lodha from Vashi and knew that he was carrying ornaments and cash with him,” said a police

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Following furore over the proposed transfer of Beed collector Sunil Kendrekar,the state re-instated him Saturday. Kendrekar will resume duty on Monday,officials said. People in Beed,led by opposition parties BJP and Shiv Sena and the Aam Aadmi Party,had staged a district-wide day-long bandh Wednesday to protest the transfer of Kendrekar. He was allegedly being transferred untimely due to pressure from NCP politicians. Kendrekar was sent for training to the Netherlands for three weeks and was to re-join duty on Saturday. Before he left for the training,another person took up his duties,but after he returned,he was not handed back the charge.

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