A 25-year-old servant escaped with cash and valuables worth Rs1.25 crore after tying up his 65-year-old woman employer in her flat located in Walkeshwar area of south Mumbai on Thursday.
The incident occurred around 9am when the victim, Smita Shah, was alone in the house. The accused, Ajay Pandit alias Raju, came to meet Shah with a friend under the pretext of finding her a new servant.
Pandit had been working at the Shah residence since three days. Shah lived with her husband, Suresh, on a 9th floor flat located in Garden View building along J Mehta Marg, Walkeshwar. The couple has a daughter who is married and lives in the same area with her family.
Suresh left for Ahmedabad two days ago and was to return on Thursday. The police said that Shah had asked Pandit to get her a second servant. Around 8.30am, Pandit called Shah and told her that a friend of his was looking for a job and asked if he could bring him over.
As soon as Shah opened the door, the two men allegedly barged inside and tied her hands and legs together. “When the victim tried to resist, one of the accused hit her behind the ear with a blunt object. The duo then locked the victim in the bathroom,” said Vinay Bagade, senior inspector of Malabar Hill police station.
The accused then proceeded to ransack the house and steal ornaments and cash collectively worth around Rs1.25 crore. Following this, the accused fled.
The incident came to light after the victim managed to free herself and raised an alarm, following which her neighbours informed the police.
The police have managed to get a photograph of the accused from his roommate. The Malabar Hill police have registered a case of robbery against the two men.