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Mira Bhayandar: 20-year-old mobile thief who escaped police custody re-arrested from Antop Hill

07:03 PM Oct 18, 2021 | Suresh Golani

Less than 72 hours after he outwitted on-duty personnel by managing to escape from the police van in true Bollywood-style in Bhayandar, the 20-year-old suspected mobile thief was re-arrested on Sunday.

A team from the Bhayandar police station under the supervision of Senior Police Inspector M.B.Patil apprehended the suspect identified as Durgesh Premchand Gupta (20) from the Antop Hill area of Mumbai. A resident of Murdha village near Bhayandar, Durgesh had been arrested for his alleged involvement in mobile theft cases in the region.

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On 14, October, Durgesh was being escorted back to the police station from a court in Thane when he jumped out of the police van near Chetan Wines which is located a little ahead of the community hall in Bhayandar (west) and managed to escape. Notably, Gupta was said to be in handcuffs at the time of the incident.

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Apart from passing information about the fugitive to their counterparts in Mumbai, Thane and other adjoining areas, the police intensified vigilance and activated their core informer network. In response to a specific tip-off, the police team immediately swung into action and re-arrested Durgesh from a tenement in the Antop Hill area of Mumbai.

Apart from section 380 for theft, a separate case under section 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of the Indian Penal Code for escaping from police custody had also been registered against the accused at the Bhayandar police station, confirmed a senior police officer. Further investigations were underway.

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