The Malabar Hill police on Tuesday arrested two robbers and recovered the stolen booty worth Rs 13.3 lakh. According to the police,the accusedRajesh alias Diga Thaku Pal (21) and Rajkumar Mukhiya (200 had gained entry into 72-year-old Malabar Hill resident Kuldip Bhatias house on Saturday and robbed gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 13.3 lakh. The robbers had gagged and restrained her before looting all the valubales,said police.
Bhatia could recollect one of the robbers,Rajesh alias Diga,who had worked for her three years ago. Bhatias servant Raju Choudhary also helped us trace Diga Thaku Pals previous workplaces. After questioning around 100 domestic servants in the area,we learnt that a few days ago,Diga was seen with one Rajkumar Mukhiya,also a domestic servant. We were finally able to track Mukhiyas brother who led us to a house in Dombivali from where we nabbed both the accused, said Additional Commissioner of Police (south region) K Padmanabhan.
A fortnight ago,the Mumbai Police Commissioner D Sivanandhan had launched Hamari Suraksha,a website for senior citizens in the city. Elderly people can seek the police protection after logging into the website.
K Padmanabhan said the CCTV cameras in the building have not been functioning for the last six months. Such kind of security lapses could have been identified and rectified,if Bhatia and other residents of the building had registered with the website,he said. The police were able to recover Rs 7. 2 lakh from Mukhiya. Pal led the police team to his brothers house in Tardeo from where Rs 6.1 lakh has been recovered . Both the accused have been remanded to police custody till October 13.