Fed up with the frequent quarrels that the Soods had with their 35-year-old son, their neighbours had advised them to register with the senior citizens helpline.
Mikhail Zaveri, who used to act in television serials, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly kidnapping his stepfather, Pradeep Sood (60), and trying to extort Rs 3 lakh from him.
SV Hardikar (56), the chairman of Raag Tower in Goregaon (East) society, where the couple resides, said Zaveri’s paralytic mother, Tara (57), had approached him for advice.
“Tara was fed up with the constant fights and the violent behaviour of her son with Sood. I had told her that she could register herself and Sood with the senior citizens’ helpline and get help if the matter gets beyond control,” said Hardikar.
In his statement, Sood said that despite getting Rs 1 lakh every month for his expenses, Zaveri used to get into frequent arguments with his parents demanding more money. Sood, who owns an engineering firm, had asked Zaveri to leave the house.
On Tuesday, Zaveri tried to abduct his partially paralysed stepfather after a dispute over money.
“When Zaveri kidnapped Sood, I was playing carom in the society with friends, but did not suspect anything,” added Hardikar.
“After the police arrived, I escorted them to the 20th floor flat of the Soods. The police then rescued Tara and their maid, who had been locked inside by Zaveri,” said Hardikar.
The residents of the building made a plan to deal with Zaveri if he returned. “We increased the number of security guards and asked them to shut down the elevator if they saw Zaveri’s car in the vicinity. We had asked the security guard to keep him busy till one of us could phone the police who were on guard nearby,” added Hardikar.
Tara refused to give her statement to the police on Thursday. Sood was not available for comment.
“Zaveri told us that whatever he did was impulsive and was regretting it,” said Vinayak Kakade, senior inspector.