Alertness on the part of traffic policemen helped nab three robbers of a gang of five who were fleeing after robbing a woman of Rs50,000 in Ghatkopar around 1.50pm on Monday. The robbers had snatched the bag of a woman who had withdrawn the money moments earlier. Two robbers, however, managed to escape with the cash.
After grabbing the bag from the 57-year-old woman at the Karani junction in Ghatkopar (west), the robbers were fleeing when two traffic policemen noticed them.
Inspector UB Modi of Ghatkopar traffic division said that the woman, Sandhya Seth, a Ghatkopar resident, had stepped out of Bharat Co-operative Bank which has a branch at Karani junction.
“Seth had withdrawn Rs50,000 from her account a few minutes earlier and was on her way home,” said Modi. “On spotting the woman walk out of the bank alone, the five robbers accosted her and snatched her bag.”
As Seth started hollering, crying out for help, two traffic constables, Anil Sakpal and Anand Nagare, who were at Karani junction, noticed the five men running while the woman was crying out for help.
Sensing trouble, the constables started chasing the five men. A little ahead, two other traffic constables – Babar and Salunkhe (identified only by their surnames) – who noticed their colleagues chasing the gang of five, also followed suit. also joined them. The policemen succeeded in nabbing three of the five roobers. The trio was later handed over to officials of Ghatkopar police station.
Inspector Rajkumar Kothmire of Ghatkopar police station said the robbers have been identified as Salim Sheikh, 38, Amin Sheikh, 43, and Vijay Gupta, 29, all resident of Baiganwadi in Govandi.
“They have been booked for theft and a manhunt has been launched to nab their two associates,” said inspector Kothmire.
Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police (traffic) said that all the traffic police constables, who helped nab the robbers, will be suitably rewarded very soon.