In less than 24 hours after two bullets were fired in the air late on Friday night to frighten a person for passing information to the Kashimira police, the central crime branch unit of the Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar (MBVV) apprehended six members of the gang for their alleged involvement in the crime.
The informer escaped unhurt. According to the police, based on the tip-off given by the informant, the Kashimira police had recently arrested one member of the gang under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
Irate over the arrest of their associate, the gang followed the informant as he was on his way to Ghodbunder. After managing to dodge the car and a bike on which he was being chased, the informant taking advantage of the darkness managed to hide in a secluded place.
In an attempt to create terror and bully the informant, one of the gang members fired two rounds in the air before leaving the spot. Sensing the gravity of the incident, the crime branch unit led by Police Inspectors- Rahul Raakh and Aviraj Kurhade under the supervision of DCP (Crime) Dr Mahesh Patil on the virtue of a robust informer network supported by an advanced electronic surveillance mechanism managed to arrest all the accused from Virar and Vrajeshwari.
The accused have been identified as Vishal Muthuswamy alias Gachkya (20), Rahul Vishwakarma alias Boxer (27), Kishore Singh alias Kanchya (27), Anurag Mhatre (20), Abhijeet Paashte (28) and Vikas Ninaniya alias Vicky (20).
"An offence under the relevant sections of the Arms Act has been registered at the Kashimira police station against the gang which was active in Dahisar." said Inspector Aviraj Kurhade.
The gang is notorious for narcotics related activities, police said.
Upon arrest, the police also recovered the firearm and vehicles used in the crime. Meanwhile, further investigations were on.