Pune: A gang of four women has been arrested by the Swargate police, who under the pretext of entering state transport buses along with a toddler, stole wallets and other valuables.
The arrested women have been identified as Gudiya Pardeshi (22), Parvati Dharshan, her sister Nilu (30), Varsha Pawar (23) and Annu Chavan (24), all hailing from Nanded. The gang was arrested after a passenger Vijay Gotmukale (22), a resident of Nanded Megacity caught one of the woman, and alerted police while he was plying a PMPML bus in Swargate on Thursday. A case of theft has been reported with Swargate police station.
Assistant police inspector Pramod Kathane, who is investigating the case said, “The gang had come to the city for searching job. They are relatives and have two toddlers. They used to gather near Swargate along with a toddler in hand and entered a rushed bus. Later, one of them used to steal a wallet, pass it to another woman, who used to hide it in the child’s clothes.”
He added, “Gotmukale entered the bus heading to Sinhagad Road, and realised someone from behind was trying to remove his wallet. He caught the woman red-handed and asked the conductor to direct the bus to Swargate police station. Meanwhile, the other women abused Gotmukale and said he was manhandling a woman. During investigation it was revealed the gang was involved in pick-pocketing cases that took place in Shivajinagar, Swargate and Pune railway stations.”