A 22-year-old school dropout, who worked as a nurse for two years after forging documents, was arrested on Thursday for stealing Rs. 2.5 lakh from a patient’s South Mumbai apartment in July. The woman had forged the documents of a 40-year-old nurse after which she started working at a nursing bureau, said the police.
According to the Gamdevi police, the accused identified as Arpita Hande stole Rs. 2.5 lakh cash and silver coins worth Rs. 6,000 from an 80-year-old woman’s Peddar Road apartment in July. The woman had left the city soon after, said police.
The complainant Pankaj Zhaveri approached the police in July and alerted the officials about the nurse who stole the cash from his mother’s residence. Zhaveri, in his statement to the police, said that he had hired a nurse to take care of his ailing mother, who stays alone. Zhaveri had approached ‘Devki Nurses Bureau’ at Sion after which the agency sent Hande at his mother’s residence, said police.
“While investigating we learnt that Hande was actually working as Manisha Jadhav at the agency since two years. She had listed a fake address and someone else’s contact number,” said Ravindra Gamre, assistant inspector at Gamdevi police station.
The police team approached the Mahastra Nursing Council and learnt that Manisha Jadhav, is in fact a 40-year-old nurse from Satara. Investigations also revealed that Hande had photocopied Jadhav’s documents and used it to apply at the nursing agency two years ago.
Hande was arrested from Kolhapur, where she stays in a women’s hostel. Hande is a standard 10 dropout and her parents died in a road accident when she was 15-year-old.
Hande was arrested for cheating, theft and forgery under sections of the Indian Penal Code on Thursday. She was produced before a metropolitan court on Friday and remanded to judicial custody till October 21.