The greed for property can turn some people barbaric. This was evident when a well-established 47-year-old allegedly roughed up her sister-in-law and locked her up along with her father in one of his flats.
The incident happened on Sunday at Gurukripa building, on Dr CH Street, Marine Lines, when the woman, Priti Sharma, got into an argument with her sister-in-law Mildi Mehtap, 42.
The police said as the matter aggravated, on Sharma's instigation some persons accompanying her roughed up Mehtap outside the building. Some men in the group also touched her inappropriately.
Sharma then instructed the persons to change the locks on the door of the flat on the fourth floor. The six-storey building is owned by Sharma's father.
"Mehtap and her father-in-law were locked inside the flat. She called the police emergency number 100 and a team rushed to the place and freed Mehtap and her father-in-law. We arrested four of the nine persons," said a police official from Azad Maidan police station.
Sharma, who has been named as the main accused, is married and lives with her family in Andheri. An MBA from Barcelona, she runs an IT firm that is doing quite well, the police official said.
He said it appeared that Sharma wanted to gain ownership of the entire property. But the father's will has not been favourable. She claims that he is suffering from dementia and that he was not in a proper frame of mind when he made the will.
"A few months ago, she lodged a case against her brother, saying that he had fraudulently gained a major portion of the property," the officer said.
Initial investigations suggest that Sharma lured nine people, two of them women and four bouncers, with the offer of jobs and promised them money if they followed her instructions.
"We have registered a case under various sections of the IPC for outraging the modesty of a woman, rioting, wrongful restraint and confinement against the nine persons. The persons arrested were produced in court and they have been remanded to police custody till Wednesday," said Narendra Singh, senior police inspector.