Nagpur: Hingna police, in a swift action, arrested a gang of five road robbers who first terrified their victims by hooliganism and then looted them. The accused road robbers had bashed up a Tata Ace Zip driver and looted him on Amravati Road. The accused had also tried the same act against a newspaper vehicle. However, the cops acted swiftly and nabbed the ruffians within hours of receiving complaint.
The victimized Tata Ace Zip vehicle driver Manoj Ramprakash Patel (28) of Surendragadh, Seminary Hills, was proceeding towards Dhamna, 22 km away from city on Nagpur-Amravati National Highway 6 around 1 am of Sunday. As Manoj was nearing the destination, a speeding matador whizzed past his vehicle near Reliance Petrol Pump. After a while at a short distance, the matador driver stopped his vehicle and also signaled Manoj to stop his Tata Ace Zip. As soon as Manoj halted his vehicle, four more miscreants, riding on two motorcycles, arrived at the spot.
The five ruffians attacked Manoj with iron bars, kicks and fists and later snatched cash of Rs 1400 and a Samsung mobile phone worth Rs 7000 from him. As the beating and looting of Manoj was going on, a Mahindra Bolero vehicle (MH-40/AT4142) carrying newspaper parcels of Navbharat, Lokshahi Varta, The Hitavada and other newspapers was also stopped by the road robbers. The driver of the Bolero Amir Khan Shabbir Khan too was assaulted. But he anyhow managed to escape from the clutches of the five road robbers and straightaway reached Hingna Police Station. The Night Duty Officer API Sunil Bhandegaonkar immediately informed Senior Police Inspector Hemantkumar Kharabe about the incident. The PI Kharabe in turn apprised ACP Mane and DCP Deepali Masirkar.
With this information, a team of Hingna police swung into action and mounted a search of the five accused robbers. The team first spotted a suspicious person at Dhamna Bus Stop and detained him. The person initially denied his role in the robbery but an intense grilling forced him to spill the beans. The person named Deepak Bhaurao Giri (27) emerged as the accused matador driver and he later named his other four accomplices named Saurabh Ramdas Wakde (19), Bhagwat Shravan Salam (25), all of Dhamna, Pankaj Ramesh Thakre (28) of Vyahadpeth and Mangesh Dilip Korde ((27), a 14th Mile resident. All the four accused were arrested.