Three more arrested for robbing businessman of lakhs in new currency

Panaji, Dec 21 (IANS) The Crime Branch of the Goa Police late on Wednesday arrested three more persons in connection with a robbery case in which a Mangluru-based businessman was robbed of Rs 10.20 lakh in new currency earlier in December.

Police said on Wednesday that Atmaram Malwankar, 31, Gautam Korgaonkar, 31, and Pritesh Agarwadekar, 21, all residents of Pernem sub district in North Goa were arrested in the case and in all, Rs 8 lakh out of the Rs 10.20 lakh in new currency were recovered.

On December 14, Deepak Gadekar, a self-styled president of the Anti-Corruption and Crime Control Committee, was booked by police along with two police constables attached to the Calangute police station, on charges of dacoity and criminal conspiracy, after they allegedly robbed the businessman.

The businessman had come to Goa to meet Gadekar and exchange the new currency notes for old ones from Gadekar, when he was allegedly robbed by Gadekar and his police accomplices near Baga beach in North Goa.

“We have recovered Rs 8 lakh until now from Rs 10.20 lakh cash which were stolen,” Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch) Karthik Kashyap told reporters here.