AFTER A lull of around six months, a major dacoity took place at Scheme No 78 in the City in the wee hours on Wednesday in which five armed and masked men entered the duplex house of Dabhare family and looted cash, jewellery, four mobile phones and other electronic items worth around Rs 5 lakh. Before leaving they tied and locked up the entire family in a room and escaped with their Scorpio car. The car was found abandoned at Old Agrawal Nagar in the afternoon.
The dacoits entered by opening a window grille adjacent to the rear entrance of the house at around 3.30 am. At that time there were nine persons in the house, including women and children. It is a big house spread over 3,000-square feet area.
The dacoits first entered the ground floor room of octogenarian Chandanbai Dabhare who is the mother of Pushpendra and his younger brother Kavindra Dabhare. The old lady did not understand what was going on and innocently asked the dacoits what they wanted. The dacoits told her to keep quiet and removed her jewellery and took around Rs 65,000 in cash kept in the almirah and then left. The old lady then went back to sleep.
Their next target was the room across the hall in which Pushpendra and his wife Rajkamal were sleeping. They forced open the door and were upon the couple when they were still lying on the bed. Telling them to keep quiet or face the consequences, the miscreants took away Rs 20,000 in cash, jewellery, a couple of mobiles and other goods from the room.
Then they forced Pushpendra to come upstairs with them to the room where his brother Kavindra, sister-in-law Vinita and their 14-year old son Kavish were sleeping. When Pushpendra called Kavindra, the latter’s wife Vinita sensing something told him not to open the door, but Kavindra nevertheless opened the door and the dacoits barged in. Here also they took cash and jewellery, riffled through the chest of drawers and took mobile phones. All the while they told Kavindra that if he made the slightest noise he would have to pay for it.
Then they asked Kavish if there was anyone else in the house, especially in the two rooms situated on the other side of the stairs. Kavish lied and said there was no one else.
But, the thieves were not convinced. They checked the rooms, but while one was empty, in the other they heard the sound of the running fan.
They came back to Kavindra’s room and smacked him a couple of times, and again forced him and his wife to accompany them to the room where Pushpendra’s son Avinash, his wife Vinita and five-year old son were sleeping.
Here again the tactics was the same; they searched the almirahs and other drawers and took Rs 25,000 in cash, jewellery and mobile phones.
Then they took all the family members into Pushpendra’s room, tied all of them with a bed sheet, locked the room and decamped at around 5.50 am.
Kavindra told police that before leaving they warned them not to call the police before two hours, otherwise they said they would damage the Scorpio. They also promised that they would abandon the Scorpio, as they were not interested in stealing vehicles.
However, the Dabhare family managed to free themselves within 15 to 20 minutes. But, since the miscreants had taken all the mobiles and disconnected all the landline phones, it took them around five minutes to reconnect one of the phones and call the police.
They could not get through to Lasudia police and then they called Control Room. Additional SP Manoj Shrivastava, area CSP Jitendra Singh reached the spot almost immediately.
Subsequently, SP Anshuman Yadav, IG Rajendra Kumar also visited the spot. DIG Madhukumar Babu went to the spot in the afternoon and held detailed talks with the family members and complimented them for tackling the entire situation with maturity.