Gun-totting thieves caught in queer twist of fate


A robbery went awry for the thieves on Thursday, when the scooter they stole crashed leaving one recuperating in the GMC, Bambolim, and the other cooling his injured heels at the Collem police station. While one more accomplice is also in custody, another, a minor has been sent to ApnaGhar.
PI Jivba Dalvi told TOI that Mohan Gawali, 28, a resident of Borcotte-Mollem was on his way to Mollem when he was stopped by two persons seeking a lift. While Baldev Singh, 24, a native of Haryana, engaged Gawali in conversation, Jayesh (full name not known), a resident of Satara in Maharashtra, held a gun to Gawali's back.
Forcing Gawali to part with his mobile phone, Rs 400 and scooter, the duo scooted off towards Valpoi. Gawali noticed that while he was being robbed, two others, one of them a minor, riding a motorbike, joined these men and also headed off with them.
Managing to get to the Mollem police outpost, Gawali informed the personnel on duty of what had happened and the direction the culprits had taken.
Meanwhile, Baldev, seemingly unable to handle the scooter, a Deo, lost control of the vehicle at Satpal in Dharbandora and skidding on the road injured his leg, even as Jayesh sustained head injuries.
At the same time, Premanand Sawant, a police constable with the Collem police station, on his way back to Collem, spotted the injured duo. Summoning the 108 ambulance he rushed them to GMC.
The other two accused, Imtiyaz Makandar, 19, a resident of Sanquelim and the minor, also from Sanquelim, realized that Baldev and Jayesh were not following them and came back to check. By then the Collem police team led by Dalvi had reached the spot as well. A chase later the two were detained.
"It was they who spilled the beans," said Dalvi. Baldev was brought back to the Collem police station after undergoing treatment at GMC, even as Jayesh is still undergoing treatment at the hospital. Imtiyaz is in police custody, while the minor is at Apna Ghar, Dalvi said.
The police also recovered the stolen scooter, the cellphone and the cash. "We have also seized the other motorbike and the pistol used in the crime," said Dalvi. An offence under IPC Section 392 (robbery) and Section 3 (possession of firearms without license) of The Arms Act, 1959, has been registered. [TOI]