A couple in Juhu was held hostage inside their home early Sunday morning by their domestic help, before being rescued by the police.
According to the police, main accused Sanjaykumar Yadav (19) let accomplices Pawankumar Yadav and Abhishek Yadav into the sixth floor flat in Umang Building at 5 am. According to the police, victims Alpesh Goliya (32) and his wife were asleep when the accused, armed with a knife, an iron rod and a cricket stump, tried to attack them.
“A neighbour heard loud voices coming from the Goliyas’ flat. She became suspicious and called the police,” said an officer from Juhu police station. The police then surrounded the building, before negotiating with the robbers. “We persuaded the accused to let the victims go. As soon as the front door was opened, the couple ran outside,” said the officer. The accused, the officer added, attempted to escape through the window but found themselves surrounded,” said the officer. Cash and jewellery worth Rs 6.5 lakh were retrieved from their possession.
The police said the plot to commit the robbery was hatched by Sanjaykumar, who had been employed with the Goliyas’ for the past one year. Sunil Ghosalkar, senior inspector, Juhu police station, said Pawankumar had been arrested for a committing a theft in a home in Juhu in 2011. “He was employed as a house-help at that time too. This year, he was released from jail after completing a one-year sentence and had been working in Malad as a security guard. We are verifying if the other two men also have previous criminal records,” said Ghosalkar.