2 jewellers robbed of Rs 44 lakh at gunpoint

Two jewellery traders were robbed of 1,500 gm of gold and Rs 1.86 lakh at gunpoint on Eastern Express Highway in Ghatkopar Saturday afternoon. The total loss was Rs 44 lakh.

Police said Bhavesh Sanghvi (28) and Dipesh Jain (35), who own jewellery store in Zaveri Bazaar, were going on a Honda Activa to another store in Kajupada, Kurla, to deliver the cash and gold.

They started from Sion and police suspect thieves, who came in a golden Honda City car, followed them right through. The jewellers were cornered on the bypass below Chheda Nagar Bridge in Ghatkopar.

"There is little traffic at the robbery site. So, it was easy for the thieves to corner the jewellers," Suresh Nirmal, senior inspector, Pant Nagar police station, said.

One of the accused allegedly hurled a stone at Sanghvi, who lost control but managed to stop safely a little distance away. Police said four then got out of the car. Two of them threatened Sanghvi and Jain with a gun and escaped on their scooter.

They abandoned the Activa at Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar bus stop and ran with the bag containing Rs 1.86 lakh and 1,500 gm of gold jewellery towards Railway Police Quarters. Meanwhile, the car also disappeared.

"I think the victims were followed. A few auto drivers witnessed the incident but none has come forward yet. We have registered a case IPC under sections 34 (common intention) 391 (dacoity), 392 (robbery), 352 (assault) and 506 (criminal intimidation)," Nirmal said.

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