Mumbai, 27th December 2022: Kasturba Marg police recently arrested two rickshaw pullers for defrauding government revenue by using fake rickshaw numbers. Two rickshaws of the same number have been seized from them. The two arrested are Ravi alias Kallu Papa Kharwa and Abdul Rehman Shaikh. When the accused were produced in court, they were remanded in police custody.
Rickshaw pullers Mohammad Gaus Kader and Rahul Hambir, who live in the Shivaji Nagar area of Mulund and Govandi respectively, support their families by driving rickshaws. Mohammad drives in Govandi, while Rahul drives rickshaws in Mulund, Bhandup and Powai. Three months ago, Rahul received a message from the transport department demanding a fine of Rs 2,000. The message said he had violated traffic rules while his rickshaw was in Malad. Hence a fine was issued against him. But on the date mentioned in the message (13th September), he had not taken a rickshaw to Malad. So he went to Mulund Traffic Department and lodged a written complaint about this message.
On 24th December, the Kasturba Marg police noticed two rickshaws parked suspiciously near Cariappa Bridge, Rajendranagar in Borivali. After tracing the owner of this rickshaw, it was found to belong to Rahul Hambir and Mohammad Ghaus Kader. When they were contacted, they said that the number of these rickshaws matched the number of their rickshaw. After that, the police traced the owners of this rickshaw, Ravi Kharwa and Abdul Shaikh, and detained them for questioning. During the investigation, it was revealed that it was he who had cheated the government along with Rahul and Mohammad Ghaus by misusing the rickshaw numbers. After that, both of them were arrested by the police. Both of them are currently in police custody for the same crime. Investigation revealed that both of them were residing at Ambujwadi and Gate No.8 in Malad’s Malwani area. The police are investigating whether rickshaws are being operated in Mumbai in this way.