Four masked robbers looted Rs 2 lakh from a house in Byculla on Saturday after beating up and tying a 18-year-old girl who was alone at home.
According to the Byculla police, Nisha Chhagnani, a second year BCom student from HR College, was alone in her sixth-floor house at Sheetal apartments in Mazgaon, when the doorbell rang at around 6.15 pm.
When an unsuspecting Nisha opened the door, four men, their faces covered with masks, barged in. They threatened the teenager with choppers and demanded the keys to the locker. When she tried to fight back, they allegedly hit her a couple of times, and then bound and gagged her using a dupatta.
The robbers then went to the bedroom and broke open the cupboard. “The robbers made away with gold ornaments, wristwatches, a cell phone and Rs 1.15 lakh in cash.
The total booty was worth Rs 2.4 lakh,” said an officer from the Byculla police without giving out his name.
Nisha’s father, Mirjha, who runs a general store in Sewri, was at his shop, while her mother, a housewife, had gone out at the time of robbery.
“It is highly possible that the robbers are well acquainted with the Chhagnanis, as they knew exactly where to strike, and that the girl was alone in the house at that time,” said the officer.
“After half an hour when Nisha’s mother returned home she was shocked to see her daughter tied and valuables from the house missing,” said the officer.
Nisha’s parents then informed the police.
The watchman on duty had spoken to the men when they entered the building and had let them go after they told there were visiting the Chhagnanis.
“The men were not wearing masks when speaking to the watchman. We will be preparing the sketches based on descriptions provided by the watchman as well as some children who were playing in the compound at that time,” the officer said.