5 held for robbery at cotton trader's bungalow

PUNE: City police Tuesday claimed to have cracked the case by which four armed robbers allegedly held an elderly cotton dealer and 3 others hostage at gunpoint at his bungalow in Pune and decamped with money and valuables worth Rs five.7 lakh remaining month.

Crime department officers said they have got arrested 5 folks, all residents of Mumbai, together with a son of the cotton dealer's motive force, who's the "mastermind" of the robbery that took place in upmarket Apte Road locality in Deccan house on January 16.

According to police, the robbers had held cotton dealer Hanskumar Khimji (79), his sister-in-law Hemaji Chheda (63), his home aide and caretaker of the bungalow, hostage.

"During the investigation, the crime branch officials received some leads and five people were arrested from Mumbai on Tuesday morning," Shirish Sardeshpande, deputy commissioner of police (crime), said.

The accused were identified as motive force's son Dipak Shivaji Medage (37), Kiran Tawde (36), Paras Solanki (27), Sachin Desoza (28) and Ganesh Gore (24), he said.

Sardeshpande said two extra suspects were still at massive and the crime department groups have introduced a manhunt to nab them.

"Khemji wanted to sell off his Apte Road property. His driver, Shivaji Medage, who has been with Khimjis for the last several years, often used to discuss about it at his home," the authentic said.

"His son Dipak, who would overhear his conversations about the property and the Khimjis, came in contact with other suspects, who have criminal background. They decided to rob the family presuming that Khimjis have brokered a deal for their Pune property and are in possession with a lot of money," Sardeshpande said.

He added that since Dipal Medage knew the bungalow in Pune, he brought the four accused to the city on January 16 and confirmed them the place. However, he himself remained away from the place at a safe distance, the authentic added.

"After the four accused barged into the bungalow and threatened the elderly people at a gunpoint, they came to know that the family does not have much money except some cash and valuables. Thereafter, they sent one of the accused with the driver to Khimji's Mumbai office to bring Rs 1 crore," the authentic said.


In the meantime, when Chheda raised an alarm, the remaining robbers evolved a cold feet and fled away with the money and valuables worth Rs five.7 lakh. They additionally alerted Medage and yet another accused who was once with the driving force on their way to Mumbai.


"While Medage and three others left for Mumbai in a private vehicle, the accused who was going with the driver, got down midway and escaped," he said.


Sardeshpande said the driving force Shivaji Medage was once no longer concerned within the crime and he had no idea of the conspiracy hatched by way of his son.


Further investigation is on.
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