Help held for rob­bery at Sarita Vi­har house

El­derly Woman, Daugh­ter Were Held Cap­tive

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Fol­low­ing TOI’s re­port about an el­derly woman and her daugh­ter be­ing held cap­tive in their Sarita Vi­har house and robbed by their newly-em­ployed house­hold help, Crime Branch has ar­rested the maid. The ac­cused woman’s as­so­ciate is still at large.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan on Septem­ber 10 even though the in­ci­dent had taken place on Septem­ber 2. Till then, the lo­cal po­lice were still hunt­ing for clues.

Sub-in­spec­tor Priyanka re­ceived a tip-off about the sus­pect, Bhu­vanesh­wari alias Sabina, af­ter which she was nabbed from Sarai Kale Khan. Po­lice re­cov­ered Rs 88,000 in cash, jew­ellery, watches and the doc­u­ments of the com­plainant. A screw­driver, ny­lon zips and the scooter used in the crime were also seized.

Sabina told po­lice that she had met a man from Nepal two months ago and struck up a friend­ship. They hatched a plot of get­ting em­ployed at a rich per­son’s house in south Delhi and com­mit­ting rob­bery. She then bought a new phone and SIM card on a fake ID. “On Au­gust 31, her friend gave her a bot­tle of seda­tives and asked her to mix it in the food of the em­ploy­ers. On Septem­ber 2, Sabina laced the lunch with the drug and then com­mit­ted the rob­bery,” DCP Ram Gopal Naik said.

The el­derly woman’s daugh­ter, a pri­vate firm em­ployee, said she hired the maid on Au­gust 31 through a place­ment agency to take care of her mother who had un­der­gone knee re­place­ment surgery. “We had ini­tially re­jected the woman, but the agency in­sisted we keep her on trial for three days claim­ing that she was an ex­cel­lent worker,” the daugh­ter told TOI.

On Septem­ber 2, the el­derly woman and her daugh­ter went to rest af­ter hav­ing lunch. How­ever, the daugh­ter woke up af­ter hear­ing a noise. She saw the maid ran­sack­ing the house with two men armed with a khukri and a pis­tol. “The trio threat­ened to shoot me if I didn’t tell them where the valu­ables were kept. Later, they gagged and bound my hands and feet. They also did the same to my mother,” she said.

While one of the rob­bers stood guard, the other two went to the bed­rooms, broke open the almi­rah and took away all the jew­ellery, cash and small elec­tronic gadgets. They also took away the DVR of the CCTV cam­eras.

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