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Woman held for duping senior citizens

Four such cases against the woman have come to light so far,police said.

Written by Gautam S Mengle | Mumbai | Published: October 29, 2013 4:00:10 am

Tilak Nagar police are investigating a series of ‘confidence’ scams allegedly pulled off by a 54-year-old woman,who would roam around hospitals and gardens,singling out elderly women,winning their confidence and offering them tea spiked with sedatives,after which she would allegedly flee with their jewellery and other valuables. Four such cases against the woman have come to light so far,police said.

Police said the suspect,Kusum Diwanji,is a resident of the area near Deonar abattoir. The police had,over the past month,registered three cases where a woman in her fifties had won the confidence of elderly women,drugged them and robbed them of jewellery. All three victims had been befriended by the suspect at Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar.

On October 24,some employees of the hospital took Diwanji to Tilak Nagar police station,saying that her repeated attempts at striking up a conversation with an elderly woman were ‘suspicious’. She confessed to the crimes,police claimed.

“Diwanji would regularly visit government hospitals such as

Rajawadi and KEM,looking for potential victims. She would convince elderly women to have a cup of tea with her and slip a sedative into their tea,after which she would flee with their jewellery and other valuables,” said assistant inspector Vaijnath Upase,Tilak Nagar police station.

A probe revealed that Kusum had committed a similar crime last month at a public garden in Dadar,which is frequented by elderly people for evening strolls. A case had been registered against her with Shivaji Park police. The victim in the case was subsequently called to Tilak Nagar police station and has identified Diwanji,police claimed.

Modus operandi

Police said the suspect,Kusum Diwanji,would roam around hospitals and gardens,singling out elderly women,winning their confidence and offering them tea spiked with sedatives,after which she would flee with their jewellery

Four such cases against the woman have come to light so far,police said

Hospital employees took

Diwanji to Tilak Nagar police station,saying her repeated attempts at striking up a conversation with an elderly woman were ‘suspicious’

gautam.mengle@expressindia.com

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