On 04/11/2011 at about 12.15 hours, three unknown persons came in a numberless M/Cycle and fired two rounds at the office of Shri Vaibhav Kokate a builder cum developer at Bhandup. In the firing none was injured, however the firing incident spread a rein of terror in Bhandup area as such it was a matter of concern for Mumbai Police. A case was registered at Bhandup Police Station vide C.R.No.371/11, U/Sec. 307,387, 506(II), 34 IPC r/w 3,25,27 Arms Act against three unknown accused persons.
On 02/11/2011 Shri. Vaibhav Kokate had received threatening call from one Milind More and Tau who demanded Rs.15 lacs and 3 flats as protection money for continuing his projects in Bhandup and failing so he was threatened with dire consequences with in a period of two to three days. The builder took this threat lightly and did not report it to the police. On 04/11/2011 his office was fired upon by two unknown goons who had come on a Red & White M/cycle with out number plate. Since it was a random firing it was presumed that it was only a threatening call. How ever the Police did not take this lightly.
Detection Crime Branch, C.I.D., Unit VII at Ghatkopar immediately swung in to action and made all out efforts to nab the culprits. The officers and men fanned out and activated informants in Bhandup, Mulund, Thane, Dombivli & Kalyan area in order to elicit some information about the assailants. After four days of strenuous efforts, the unit could zero down one Tau along with Rajesh Yadav @ Patri being the main shooters in the offence. Both this persons were on serious adverse records of Bhandup Police Station. Investigation caused further revealed that this assailants were ably assisted by a team of youngsters sll residents of Bhandup and some of them also being on adverse record of Bhandup Police Station
Using Human intelligence and assisted by net work of informants the Crime Branch Unit VII coiuld success fully unearth the conspiracy behind the incident of firing and successful in arresting the b/m rider of the get away M/Cycle, Seizure of the one pistol loaded with two live rounds. two factory made single bore guns loaded with one round each, and two separate live cartridges, ( Used in the firing) one sword, two Khanjirs and a Red & White Yamah FZ M/Cycle with helmet
Names of the accused :-
1) Ashish Bhimrao Ghodake @ Asha age 20 years, Occ-Nil, R/o. Sai apartment, Sector-35, Room No. 403, Mansarowar, Kamothe(W), Navi Mumbai.
2) Sunny Sitaram Salunkhe age 20 years, Occ.Nil, R/o. B/A-7, Sharda Apartment, S.S.Rd. Ashok Kedare Chowk, Bhandup(W), Mumbai.
3) Sandesh Sudhir Vichare age 19 years, R/o. Chormale Chawl, Nardas Nagar, pandav Kund, Room No.3, Tembhipada Road, Bhandup(W), Mumbai.
4) Anil Pandurang Rambhade @ Gujji age 23 years, Occ. Nil, R/o. Ganesh Sampradik Society, Hath Koneshwar Nagar, Near Dnyan Ganga School, Kalva, Thane.
All the accused persons are being handed over to Bhandu Police Station for further investigations.
The operation was conducted by Sr.PI. Vyankat Patil, PIs. Sanjay Surve, Vinayak Vast, API Jaywant Sankpal PSIs Anil Dhole, Santosh Sawant, ASI D.S.Bangar and HCs. Ulhas Naik, Sanjay Surve, Arun Jadhav, Vijay Mahadik, Pradip Ghag, Pandurang Rasam, Bhaskar Chavan, Ganesh Pednekar, Kailas Nikam, Manahar Patil, Shivaji Kamble, Laxman Kurkure, Valmiki Shelar, PN Sunil Shetty, Dipak Bhogale,Anil Salaskar, Santosh Darekar, Vikas Datekar, D.S.Kale, Rajendra Jagtap, PCs. Atul Rasal, Rajendra Shivjatak, Sunil Dixit, Sudhir Shinde, Vijay Jadhav, Sujit Tawade, Anant Ganve, Madhukar Manjrekar, under the supervision of Shri. Himanshu Roy, Jt. Commissioner of Police (Crime) Mumbai, Shri. Deven Bharati, Addl C.P.(Crime), Shri.Nisar Tamboli ,D.C.P.(Det) and Shri.Prakash George A.C.P.,D-1(E), Mumbai.