Mumbai police on Tuesday arrested four gang members who were allegedly involved in stealing apps from taxi drivers by taking them to secluded streets and holding them at knifepoint.
After several complaints were filed, the Shivaji Nagar Police Station formed a two-member team to hunt down the gang. Police said Aziz Ansari, a victim, in his complaint on Monday evening said he secured a trip for Shivaji Nagar from Govandi. Four people boarded the taxi and took Ansari to a secluded location near the Shivaji Nagar post office.
A police officer said: “The defendant held Ansari at knifepoint and took away his mobile phone and cash. Ansari approached the police station and an FIR was recorded. We had received similar complaints over the past few weeks and a team was formed consisting of Assistant Police Inspector Navnath Kale and Deputy Inspector Datta Malwekar.
The police realized that the accused was targeting taxi drivers residing in the Shivaji Nagar area and alerted all taxi drivers in the area. They also received the number through which the accused had booked Ansari’s taxi. Eventually a taxi driver alerted the police team who set a trap and subsequently arrested the accused.
Two of those arrested have criminal records, an officer said. Police are now questioning the defendants to uncover other instances where they may have robbed taxi drivers.