Published On : Wed, Jul 6th, 2016

Gangster Mathanker, other goons in police dragnet for looting

Gangster Mathanker, Shakti Manpia, hemant Gawande and Ravi Umate
In what could be mentioned as daring act by goons, they entered the house of a builder and after threatening him and his family looted all the jewellery and cash from the lockers on July 6, 2016.

According to police sources, the complainant identified as Sarang Awatankar running a firm in the name of Jain Builders and Developers used to be in the business of purchase and sale of property. Sarang Awatankar and the Hemant Gawande had some monetory dealings with each other. In one such deal, Hemant Gawande was demanding some money and was also involved in threatening the complainant.

Sarang Awatankar was to get married on July 7, 2016 and the Haldi programme was scheduled on July 6, 2016. The close family members and relatives including his married sister, Paternal Uncle, Maternal Uncle, Maternal Aunty and other 20 to 25 relatives were present in the house for marriage.

On July 5, 2016, when Sarang Awtankar was present in the house, Hemant Gawande, Yuvraj Mathankar, Shakti Manpia, Ashish Kantode, Ravi Umate, Vishal Wasnik, and 12-13 accomplices barged into the house. They entered the house and started physically assaulting Sarang Awatankar.

Dreaded goons Hemant Gawande and Yuvraj Mathankar took out a pistol and started demanding money from Sarang Awtankar. They started issuing threats saying “We will kill you and all your family members.” They also caught hold of his collar and started dragging him around.

Two co-accused Ashish Kantode and Ravi Umate took out the knives in their possession and started brandishing it. They too started issuing threats to the family members. The other goons started searching the entire house, the cabinets and almirahs and took out all the jewellery.

Except for the complainant Sarang Awtankar, the goons locked up all the other members of the family and relatives into one bedroom. The accomplices then escaped from the spot. Still shaking from fear, all the family members and relatives stayed put in the room. Meanwhile the complainant Sarang Awtankar escaped from their clutches and went out of house. The goons Hemant Gawande and Yuvraj Mathankar stayed put in his house (consuming alcohol) waiting for the complainant to return home.

At around 9:30 pm, the complainant called the Police Control Room and informed the cops about the daring looting by goons. However, before the cops could reach the spot, the goons had fled from the scene.

When the complainant reached back home, he came to know that the goons and his accomplices had stolen a gold mangalsutra of 4 tolas (Approx), two ear-rings (Jhumke) of around 1.5 tolas, gold ear-rings of 5 grams, earrings of complainant’s mother worth 5 grams in all goods worth Rs 2 lakhs. Apart from the gold ornaments, cash worth Rs 1.5 lakhs (meant for marriage expenses) in all amounting to Rs 3.5 lakhs was also looted from his house.

The goons who are involved in this crime identified as Yuvraj Mathankar, Shakti Manpia are history-sheeters. Since the goons had stolen the gold ornaments after locking every member of the family in the bedroom and also for having molested the sister of the complainant, the crime branch personnel have apprehended the accused. This case has been registered in Hudkeshwar Police Station under Crime No 296/16, under Sections 395, 397, 387, 342, 354, 452, 143, 147, 148, 149 of Indian Penal Code and 3-25, 4-25 of Arms Act and under Bombay Police Act.

Recently these goons had come out on bail while serving the sentence under the stringent MCOCA.