A 27-year-old man and his female live-in partner were arrested for their alleged involvement in a robbery at a French national’s south Delhi residence last week, police claimed on Sunday.
Ashok Kumar, whose father took VRS from the Army, and his live-in partner Rozi, 33, who had worked at the targeted house as a maid previously, were also apprehended from east Delhi’s Chilla village on Friday, said Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south).
“They were in dire need of money to meet their day-to-day requirements and so, planned to commit the robbery at Gilles Dominique Cannaud Ribes’ home in Anand Niketan’s D block on April 17,” DCP Sharma said.
Hindustan Times had reported the case during which Ribes’ maid, one Lily Thomas, and even his wife, Oren Poly Lotha, who is of Indian origin, were held hostage by a lone assailant on the fateful day when the Delhi Police were busy maintaining law and order during the counting of votes polled for the recent municipal elections.
Ribes, an engineer with France Air Bus, and his wife Oren Poly Lotha, were both away when Kumar had approached Thomas posing as a driver whom Ribes had wanted to employ but was told to come later by Thomas since her employers were away, police said.
“After half an hour, the same person came again and overpowered the maid on knife-point. He tied her hands with the help of luggage tape and confined her in a room and started ransacking the house. Lotha also reached home by then and she was also held hostage,” DCP Sharma said.
During investigations, police said, it came to light that the description of the man matched with that of one Rozi’s partner, Praveen. Rozi had worked as a maid at Lotha’s residence around six months ago.