In the case of dacoity reported at Rassaim-Loutolim in October 2013, Laximan Velip, head constable attached to Maina-Curtorim police station on Thursday told the additional district and sessions court that during the search he had found knifes and pistol in the scooter dickey of one of the six accused Joseph Vales. Velip also told the court that he had found mobiles in Vales’ possession.
Velip told the court that while he was on night duty, he saw six persons near Rassaim moving on three two-wheelers. He also told the court that after seeing the police jeep, five of the six youth escaped while Vales was arrested.
According to the prosecution, group of over six youth had waylaid a truck and looted the occupants consisting of a team of Mumbai-based event management firm who were returning to Mumbai after a show in wee hours and had robbed Rs 20,000 cash and a mobile, all worth Rs 40,000.
Maina-Curtorim police had arrested Joseph Vales, Navin Naik and Hrishikesh Naik, all residents of Sancoale who were in the age group of 20-25 years. Police said that the accused used to target transport vehicles registered outside the state. One accused would stop the vehicle on the pretext that it violated some rules and keep the driver busy while the rest would commit the dacoity.
Shashikant Verma, a representative of the event management company, in his complaint had said that eight motorcycle-borne persons had stopped their vehicle and thrashed three occupants – Ramesh Choudhary, Sachin Shinde and the driver before fleeing with the cash and a mobile. Maina-Curtorim police had booked a case under Section 395 (dacoity) and Section 323 (causing hurt) of IPC.