Police Scan over a Thousand Mobile Phone numbers to Crack Burglary of 800 Diamonds
Mumbai: A thousand mobile numbers and a dozen CCTV cameras had to be scanned to get a breakthrough in a Charni Road robbery case of 800 diamonds worth Rs 1.3 crore. The D B Marg police managed to crack the April 30 case this month and have arrested three people. The incident took place at the Charni Road office of a businessman on the night of April 30 but came to light only on May 2, when the complainant, who resides at Nepean Sea Road, found the office door broken. “When the businessman entered the office, he was shocked to find that two lockers were broken open and nearly 800 pieces of diamonds kept inside were missing. The office has CCTV cameras but the digital video recorder (DVR) was also stolen,” said an officer. The investigating team visited the office, which is located on the first floor of a building, but could not get a lead. “We began scanning CCTV cameras installed in other buildings in the lane. We found images of two men leaving the building but their faces were not very clear and only basic descriptions could be obtained. The photos were circulated among informers but nothing much came out,” he added. Cops then turned to mobile network experts and began looking at dump data of mobile networks—all activity recorded by mobile phone towers in a particular area-—from the night of the burglary. “We found that more than a thousand numbers were active,” said a source, adding that the police analysed all the numbers and tallied phone locations.
“Finally, we zeroed in on around a dozen cellphone numbers and began inquiring about them discreetly. This work took weeks. When we received the call records of Vinod Singh (49), we picked him up and questioned him,” added the source Initially, Singh, a Nalasopara resident, tried to buck questions but later he confessed to the crime and spilled beans on his associate, Vinod Sahani (40), who resides in Bhayander. Phones of both the accused were active near the crime scene on the night of the burglary. “The duo told us that the diamonds were given to one Rakesh Verma, who is an Uttar Pradesh native, and one other person, said an officer. The police refused to divulge the identity of the fourth accused as he is yet to be arrested while the three others were arrested over the past two weeks. “The arrested accused have said that they threw the stolen DVR in a nullah in Nalasopara,” said senior inspector Suryakant Bangar. The DVR is yet to be recovered, said another source. “We have also found that Singh and Sahani have a criminal past and have cases registered against them with the city crime branch, Thane police, Ambernath police and Hyderabad police. They have been arrested in the past too,” said the source.
3 Rail Staff Die as Howrah Train ram’s upkeep Car
The engine of Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleswari Express on fire after the accident in Rayagada district of Odisha.
Koraput: Three railway employees, including a senior section engineer (electrical), were killed after the 18005 Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleswari Express hit a tower car engaged in inspecting the route between Keutguda and Singapur Road stations in Odisha’s Rayagada district on Tuesday. The victims have been identified as senior section engineer Sagar and technicians Gouri Naidu and M Suresh. All three belonged to the Rayagada railway jurisdiction and were in the tower car, said officials. All 148 passengers on the train were unhurt. The railways suspended on-duty station masters of Keutguda, Singapur Road and Singapur Road Cabin, and ordered an inquiry into the accident. The probe will be conducted by the commissioner of railway safety, an independent statutory authority under the civil aviation ministry. “Three of our staff died in the accident but no passenger of the express train has been affected. The accident is being treated most seriously and the reason behind it will be known once the investigation report is made available,” said Jyoti Prakash Mishra, chief public relations officer, East Coast Railways. Officials said the accident took place at 4.30pm after the train hit the tower car. Samaleswari Express’ engine caught fire while its guard-cum-luggage van and a general second-class coach derailed.