IN A DARING robbery in the congested Meghdoot Nagar area on Tuesday morning, thieves stole Rs 1.5 lakh in cash, 20 tolas of gold and around 750 grams of silver after locking one of the residents of the targeted house in the bathroom. The thieves decamped within 20 to 25 minutes via the rear door of the house.
The robbery took place at 618, Meghdoot Garden, where Hemendra Jain lives with his wife and parents. When the robbery occurred, Hemendra had left the house for his auto parts shop in the Khajrana area. His father Kesrimal Jain and mother had gone out to offer prayers at the Bajrang Nagar Jain temple, while Hemendra’s wife Varsha was taking a bath.
The front door was not locked and the thieves simply opened the channel gate and entered the small two-room house and rapidly started opening the cupboards and tin boxes kept there. While they were searching for the cash and jewellery, Varsha heard the noise and called out from inside the bathroom. The thieves (Varsha heard two voices, one a thin voice and other heavy) simply locked her inside the bathroom and said that if she shouted they would kill her. A frightened Varsha kept quiet after that.
The miscreants swiftly took the cash and jewellery and left through the rear door. Realising the thieves had left, Varsha shouted for help and neighbours came to the rescue.
They called her husband and soon his parents also returned from the temple. Friends and neighbours who poured in after the incident simply could not believe that a robbery could occur in broad daylight in that area. Soon, BJP City president Ramesh Mendola, local corporator Suresh Kurware and BJYM president Ajit Raghuvanshi among others came by and expressed their anger towards the police.
When police asked why they had kept so much cash in the house, Hemendra said he had been married only five months ago and the money was part of the dowry – little realising that admitting he took dowry was also a crime.
Of the jewellery that was stolen, some belonged to Hemendra’s sister who also lives nearby. She has recently had a baby and had come to her mother’s house for the delivery and had brought some of the jewellery with her. Unfortunately she had not taken it back with her to her in-laws’ house.