Driving instructor, aide held for robbing woman

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Pune, Nov 13 (PTI) A driving instructor and his aide were arrested on Friday in Delhi by a team of Pune Police for allegedly robbing a woman IT professional here of cash and valuables worth Rs 1.80 lakh.

Rajesh Singh Mahi (39) and his aide Krishna Ram Bahadur Rana (35) had fled to Delhi after committing the crime on Tuesday, a police official said.

Mahi, who knew the 35-year-old woman's father, was giving her driving lessons for the previous eight days, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Bachchan Singh.

On Tuesday morning, Mahi and Rana took the woman out for another driving lesson.

After driving around in NIBM, Undri and Pisoli areas they reached an isolated spot where the duo suddenly threatened the woman, tied her hands and gagged her, the DCP said.

They forced her to transfer Rs 40,000 through a mobile payment app, withdrew Rs 10,000 from an ATM from her account after forcing her to disclose the PIN, and also snatched away her gold jewelery before fleeing, he said.

'They were traced to the national capital. Today, a team of unit 5 of the crime branch apprehended them and they are being brought to Pune,' DCP Singh added. PTI SPK KRK KRK