The Mumbai Police Crime Branch has arrested two men in connection with a robbery at the Irla residence of actor Bhagyashree’s in-laws in January. The duo were handed over to the Juhu police.
The police are still looking for three other suspects also allegedly involved in the crime, including a 16-year-old boy who allegedly drugged the actor’s in-laws Shakuntala Dasani (72) and Pannalal Dasani (74) and decamped with jewellery and cash worth Rs 25 lakh.
According to the police, the two arrested suspects work as domestic helps in Malabar Hill area, and were in touch with the domestic help employed with Bhagyashree’s relatives staying in the same area. The 16-year-old suspect worked at the Dasani residence in Irla.
On January 12, the elderly couple were served food that had allegedly been spiked with drugs. Bhagyashree and her husband Himalaya were on a holiday at the time.
An hour later, the Dasanis’ next-door neighbour noticed that their apartment door was open. He went inside and found the couple knocked out cold, and the whole house ransacked. He informed the Juhu police, who reached the spot and took them to a hospital.
After the robbery, the five accused fled to Mumbra. After distributing the loot, they parted ways. The arrested suspects Rajesh Mahendra Chavan (23) and Chandan alias Mangal Ramashray (30), residents of Bhayender fled to Uttan and were staying there.
After tracing the cellphone locations of Chavan and Ramashray, police nabbed them from Bandra.
“We have arrested two accused and are still on the lookout for three accused, including the minor, who has the major part of the stolen property,” said Rajendra Chavan, senior police inspector of Juhu police station.