Thief who injured constable arrested

Pant Nagar Police arrested Tuesday one of two thieves who injured a constable in Ghatkopar on February 4. They said he was involved in 40 other thefts and had similarly knocked down another constable while fleeing after one.

On February 4, constable Ganpat Kadam was enforcing nakabandi in Ghatkopar with colleagues.

The squad had received information that two thieves who stole car stereos at night were active in the area. The thieves riding a motorbike were spotted in the early hours. When police tried to stop them, they hit Kadam, abandoned the bike and fled.

Kadam was rushed to Rajawadi Hospital and later to Wockhardt Hospital in Mulund.

"We obtained details of the accused using the registration number of the bike and identified them as brothers Ganesh and Maruti Pawar. We then started tracking cellphones and traced Ganesh to Bijapur in Karnataka," said a police officer.

Ganesh was arrested Tuesday night and brought to Mumbai Wednesday morning.

"Ganesh has nearly 40 cases of theft registered against him in several police stations, most of them in south Mumbai. Inquiries revealed he had similarly injured another police constable in Khar while escaping with stolen car steroes," said senior inspector Suresh Nirmal, Pant Nagar police station.

Ganesh has been remanded in police custody. He and Maruti would steal stereos in Mumbai and sell back home in Bijapur, police said.

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