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Fresh from a robbery, offender nabbed by alert cop

Friday, April 06, 2018
By Dev Kotak

Main accused has pending Arms Act cases registered against him

An alert cop from the detection team of DB Marg police station, while out on patrolling duty, spotted something amiss. He quickly jogged his memory, only to realise that the person he doubed was the same one he had previously detained and arrested in connection with a case. In the process, he prevented a crime that could have snowballed into something huge.

The policeman noted that the man's body language was unusual and noticed that the accused started a bike without using the key, increasing the sleuth's suspicion.

The accused, Afrin Sayyed was arrested from Lamington Road after the cop recovered a huge knife tucked away under his shirt. He then called for additional reinforcements and a team of sleuths arrived shortly and whisked him away.

Upon interrogating the 25-year-old Sayyed, it was established that the bike he tried to ride away on also did not belong to him and that he had come back fresh from a robbery in Nagpada when he was spotted by the policeman.

Sayyed also revealed that he and an accomplice had robbed a man who has a shop at the City Center Mall in Mumbai Central (Sayyed had an accomplice which the police learned about later). The duo took the victim's cash, a gold chain and his mobile phone at knife point.

A day after his arrest, Sayyed's friend Alam Khan (24) came to visit him in jail. The cops doubted Khan's intentions too, so they interrogated him as well. Khan sounded dubious and the cops suspected that he too could have been involved in committing serious crimes.

The team from DB Marg checked with Nagpada police which came there, identified and confirmed the duo's involvement in other crimes as well.

An officer from the police team said that Sayyed is a notorious criminal with a history of past crimes against him. He has been charged under Sections 37 (1), 124 and 135 of the Maharastra Police Act and 379 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The pair has also been charged under Sections 379 at the VP Road police station and 392, 34 at the Nagpada police station, respectively.

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