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5 in cop net in bungalow robbery case off Apte Rd

PUNE: The crime branch on Tuesday cracked the theft case at a bungalow off Apte Road with the arrest of 5 persons, together with the son of the robbed cotton dealer’s driving force, nearly a month after he and certainly one of his kinfolk were held hostage for over 3 hours.

Deepak Shivaji Medage (36), the arrested son of the dealer’s driving force, was once the kingpin of the gang. His father, Shivaji Medage, has been running for the cotton dealer, Hanskumar Khimji (79), for the past 30 years.

The others arrested are Deepak’s good friend Kiran Tawade (36), and Paras Solanki (28), Sachin D’Souza (28) and Ganesh Gore (24) — all from Mumbai. Two others are on the run.

Against the law branch team led by means of assistant commissioner of police Samir Shaikh made the arrests after scrutinising footage of several CCTV cameras and checking criminals on the data within the jurisdiction of Pune, Pune rural, Thane and Mumbai police, said deputy commissioner of police Jyoti Priya Singh.

The suspects had robbed valuables price Rs five.7 lakh on January 16. The police on Tuesday recovered Rs 40,000, as many as 50 diamonds, a fake pistol and a automobile used within the crime from the suspects.

The cotton dealer, Khimji, has a ground-plus-one bungalow within the bylane off Apte Road. He is within the process of selling it off.

On January 15, Khimji, his sister-in-law Hema Chheda, his caretaker and home assist had come to Pune along with his driving force, Shivaji, to talk about the bungalow deal. The next morning around 9.30, four armed intruders barged throughout the bungalow and held Khimji and Hema hostage.

They asked Khimji to hand over valuables and Rs 1 crore. When he advised them that he did not have a lot money and valuables in Pune, some of the criminals left for the dealer’s Mumbai place of business to gather Rs 1crore with Khimji’s driving force, Shivaji.

At one level, the opposite 3 went outdoor the room where Khimji and Hema were held hostage. Hema raised an alarm, compelling the trio to flee. The one that had gone to Mumbai with Shivaji, de-boarded from the automobile at Kurla and escaped.

Case detection

The police had clear CCTV footage of the suspects but had no clues about them. The crime branch team, together with inspector Rajendra Kadam and sub-inspector Dinesh Patil, established the get away direction of the suspects with the assistance of CCTV cameras’ footage and got here to the belief that they fled against Mumbai hiring a cab close to the Pune railway station, said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Shirish Sardeshpande.

The police questioned Khimji’s driving force, caretaker and home assist, but did not get any breakthrough. “While checking the checklist of criminals on the police data in Thane and Mumbai, constables Yogesh Jagtap and Sudhir Mane were given the details about the involvement of Mumbai-based criminals within the crime,” Sardeshpande said.

He said the police got here to grasp concerning the hyperlink of Shivaji’s son, Deepak, with some of the criminals. “We took him into custody. During sustained wondering, he spilled the beans and admitted to his involvement within the crime. He printed the names of the six different suspects,” Sardeshpande said.

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