October 23, 2012 12:18:47 am
When the accused were leaving the building,they told the watchman they were taking the dog for a walk,police said
Three domestic helps allegedly assaulted a 24-year-old housewife in Malad (East) and fled with diamond and gold jewellery worth Rs 54 lakh as well as her pet dog. Kurar police officers said that the incident took place around 3.30 pm on Sunday,when the victim,Vandana Kapur,was at home along with her two-year-old daughter.
Kapur stays with her businessman husband,daughter,brother-in-law,his children and her 80-year-old grandmother and an unmarried uncle on the16th floor of Shuchi building near Dindoshi court. The family has two flats on the 12th floor as they live in a joint family.
The police said on Sunday,Vandanas husband Gaurav and his brother Vishal had gone out for work while other family members had gone to visit an exhibition. Vandana decided to stay home with her daughter when the three accused,identified as Pravin,Santosh and Raju allegedly attacked her.
S Dafle,senior inspector,Kurar police station,said Pravin had joined as domestic help a month ago on the reference of the familys previous cook,Lallan. Pravin suggested Santoshs name who joined around 10 days ago and Raju had joined two days ago,the officer said.
On Sunday afternoon when Vandana went to sleep with her daughter,the trio tried to open some cupboards in the house,police said. Vandana got up to have some water. Fearing that they would be caught red-handed,one of the suspects strangulated her from behind and she lost consciousness. The trio dumped her in another room thinking she was dead, said Dafle.
The trio then broke open the grandmothers cupboard and fled with valuables and cash along with the dog. When the accused were leaving the building premises,they were asked by the watchman about the dog and where they were taking it. The trio had stuffed the loot in their pockets. The dog was of a small breed and was not aggressive. The trio replied that they were taking it for a walk,police said.
When the family members returned home in the evening,they found Vandana unconscious and took her to the nearby Lifeline Hospital.
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