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Robbers attack 62-year-old in Goregaon flat

A 62-year-old woman was attacked and robbed of all her ornaments by unidentified men on Monday afternoon in Goregaon.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
February 28, 2012 2:21:25 am

A 62-year-old woman was attacked and robbed of all her ornaments by unidentified men on Monday afternoon in Goregaon. According to Vanrai police,the victim,Sangeeta Sudhakar Shenoy,was alone in the house when the accused disguised as gas-pipeline inspection men attacked her.

Shenoy,a resident of a sixth floor flat in Suraj Heights at Goregaon (East),stays with her husband,who works for Hyundai,and daughter Supriya,who works at J P Morgan Chase call centre in Malad (West). She also has a son who works in Dubai.

Investigating officers said around 1.30 pm on Monday,two men claiming to be from Mahanagar Gas Company entered the B wing of Suraj Heights. The duo entered fake names and mobile numbers in the register at the entry gate,the police said.

Shenoy,admitted to Balika Hospital in Goregaon (West),said the accused told her they had come to check the reading of gas meter in her house. She let the two in,but told them that the meter had been replaced two days ago.

One of the robbers told Shenoy that the meter was faulty,and before Shenoy could react,he jumped on her and gagged her. The accused then threatened her and snatched her gold bangles,mangalsutra and ring.

“They beat me up and also attacked me with a knife. They then tied my hands and put a tape over my mouth,” Shenoy said.

The robbers then increased the volume of the television and ransacked her cupboard,stealing jewellery worth over Rs 70 lakh before fleeing.

Shenoy’s neighbours said they saw her crawling with blood dripping from her hands. “She had managed to remove the tape from her mouth,but could not speak. She came crawling to our door after her relative,next door,did not answer. We informed society members and rushed her to the hospital,” said G Panchal,Shenoy’s neighbour.

Police said Shenoy’s daughter was going to get married on April 6,for which the family had bought the jewellery.

“The robbers were aware about the gold at home,and that Shenoy stays alone during the day. During investigation,we learnt that Shenoy had told some neighbours about the purchase. We suspect that either the robbers overheard the conversation or were informed by someone,” said inspector S Sawant from Vanrai police station.

The police are now recording statement of a domestic help to ascertain if she had told anybody about the gold jewellery.

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