Mumbai: A builder`s office in an under construction building was robbed today at gunpoint but police arrested three suspected aides of gangster Ravi Pujari within
hours and recovered cash and valuables stolen by them.
Acting on a tip-off that the members of Pujari gang would
pass from Western Express Highway in a vehicle, police laid a
trap at Meghwadi area in suburban Jogeshwari and intercepted a
Maruti car, police said.
The accused Ashok Choudhary (27), Robin Harijan (24) and
Tarbez Alam Ansari (45) were arrested while two of their
associates managed to escape from the scene, Deputy Police
Commissioner K M M Prasanna said.
"During the preliminary interrogation, the accused said
they committed a robbery at a builder`s office in Matunga area
and were escaping in the stolen Maruti car when they were
intercepted," he added.
The Maruti car, two pistols, three live cartridges, one
chopper and two cutters were seized from them, he said.
According to the police, the five had barged into the
builder`s office in Laxmi Niketan building in the wee hours
today and fled with cash and valuables collectively worth Rs
42,500 after threatening a security guard at gunpoint.
Police said Choudhary had played a key role in six firing
incidents recently, including four in Mumbai, allegedly
carried out at the behest of Pujari to extort money from the