Raising serious concerns on the security of senior citizens in the city, a 72-year-old businessman was robbed of a gold chain worth Rs 3.5 lakh, after being hit on the head at Sion on Wednesday.
Around 2pm, Ladharam Jagwani—the owner of R-Lite Electricals—stepped out of the shop, which is run by his son, to visit a restroom on the ground floor of the nearby Kapur Niwas building at the busy Sion junction.
When Jagwani stepped out of the restroom and was near a garage in the building compound, he was attacked from behind with a hard object. The blow was so hard that Jagwani started to bleed profusely and collapsed. With no one else was around, the assailant managed to rob his gold chain, weighing 13 tolas (about 130 g) before fleeing.
It was after an acquaintance of the family noticed Jagwani lying there that his family and staff were informed and he was rushed to Sion hospital, where he was administered six stitches.
Police suspect that the accused might have kept a close watch on his movements before executing the attack.
“We checked for CCTV cameras in the vicinity, but couldn’t find one. We are checking if history-sheeters are involved in the robbery,” said a police officer from Sion police station.
“We have also alerted our informants in the area, and are keeping a close watch on jewelers as the assailant may try to sell the chain,” he added.
The police are also trying to see if there are any witnesses in the case and are probing if the accused conducted a reccee before committing the robbery.
A case has been registered under section 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) of the Indian Penal Code.