A 35-year-old woman sent the Charkop police on a wild chase for two transgenders, who she accused of entering her home, knocking her out with a sedative and robbing valuables worth Rs7.25 lakh.
Hetal Jethwa had told police she was in her ground floor apartment at a Charkop society on Saturday, when the two transgenders showed up at her door. She told the police her husband was away at work, her mother in-law had gone to the market, while her children were playing outside. She claimed the two of them asked for a glass of water, and when she gave it to them, sprayed something on her face that made her fall unconscious.
After the complaint, the Charkop police began their probe, and spoke to several transgender people in the locality. Something did not add up.
“We registered a case of robbery and began investigation. We spoke with locals but learnt no one from their community were in the area on Saturday,” said R Gaikwad, senior inspector at Charkop police station.The police then checked for CCTV and they spotted one transgender in the society. “We brought the person in for questioning, and this gave us our first clue that the entire complaint was cooked up,” an officer said.
The transgender detained by the police told them the two were in the society asking for money and had entered someone’s house on Friday. They left soon after.
Officials suspect Jethwa noticed this and used it to make up her story.
Jethwa was questioned and sent for a medical examination, which found no signs of sedative in her body or any side-effect that would show, an officer said. Upon sustained questioning, Jethwa broke down and said she had hid the valuables in her room fearing her family would sell them off.
Jethwa’s husband is a tailor and runs a small shop, her father-in-law works in a hotel. Jethwa confessed they find it difficult to make ends meet. Worried about her children, Jethwa kept 29 tolas of gold jewellery aside.
“We have recovered the valuables from her room. She has not been placed under arrest as she is the complainant,” said an officer.