Pune: It seems that autorickshaw rides are becoming unsafe in the city during night time, as three commuters have been robbed in three different incidents. In the first case, a 26-year-old youth was robbed of his phone by an autorickshaw driver and his two accomplices. A case has been registered at Wakad police station.
According to Wakad police, complainant Pramod Borde of Thergaon was returning from Mumbai on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. He was dropped by his transport at Kalewadi Phata. He boarded an autorickshaw for his residence at Rahatani but was robbed by the driver and his accomplices enroute.
SS Gholve, Police Sub Inspector, Wakad Police Station, said, “The complainant reached Pune around 1 am. He found an autorickshaw, who offered to drop him home. He boarded the auto but was robbed of his cell phone amounting to Rs 5,000 near Sai chowk.”
The auto driver had the number 1536. Gholve said, “We don’t have the full number of the auto, however, we have started our investigation and will nab the culprits soon.” In the second case, an auto driver and his two accomplices were arrested by Lashkar police after robbing two commuters at a spot near Mhatre Bridge and Shankar Seth road.
The accused have been identified as Navajish Ansari (19), a resident of Janta Vasahat, Umer Ansari (19), a resident of Duttwadi, and Aftab Ansari (19), a resident of Camp. All three are natives of Bijnaur in Uttar Pradesh. In the first incident, the accused looted a commuter in the jurisdiction of Alankar Police station. The complainant, Rohit Chavan (21), had arrived from Osmanabad and got down at Swargate bus stand at around 2 pm on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. He boarded an auto for his residence at Deccan but was robbed of Rs 5000 near Mhatre Bridge by the trio.
Pankaj Shingare, Police Sub-Inspector, Alankar police station, said, “The accused stopped the auto at DP road, which joins Mhatre bridge and Rajaram bridge, and forcefully snatched away Rs 5000 from the complainant. The complainant then approached us and registered a complaint against the three suspects, who were later arrested by Khadak police.”
After looting Chavan, the trio looted another commuter at Shankar Seth Road. According to Khadak police, complainant Shubham Patil, a resident of Kharadi, was robbed after he boarded the auto to go to Hadapasar. The accused stopped the auto at Shankar Seth road and forcefully extorted Rs 150 from the complainant, who then reported the matter to police.
Sanjay Gaikwad, Police Sub-Inspector, Khadak police station, said, “We have arrested the three youngsters who were driving the auto with the number MH12 HC 1186. We are investigating whether they were involved in more such incidents.”