3 held for robbing taxi drivers at knife-point
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A young woman and two accomplices were arrested by the Chembur unit of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Monday for allegedly robbing taxi drivers at knife-point. According to the police, the trio were wanted for two separate cases in Nehru Nagar and Rabodi police stations.
The arrested have been identified as Mankhurd residents Kajal Vilas Pawar (18), Mohammad Rafiq Mohammad Hanif Khan (18) and Mohiuddin Shaikh (18).
"The gang would usually operate at night. The girl would hail a taxi and would be later joined by the other accused. They would lead the cab to an isolated spot, usually in the eastern suburbs, and rob the driver at knife-point. In one case they even took the taxi with them and abandoned it at some distance," said a senior Crime Branch officer.
Police said on September 24, Pawar hailed a taxi at Nehru Nagar, and was joined by the others. After travelling some distance, the two men threatened the taxi driver and snatched his mobile phone and took his money. The accused then allegedly tied up the driver and made him sit on the back seat. The taxi was then driven to Thane, where Pawar was dropped of.
When the taxi reached Rabodi, a youth flagged it down and got in only to be robbed of his cash, mobile phone and ATM card by the men, said the police.
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