Three armed men in their early twenties entered the residence of a businessman at Govandi and made way with cash and jewellery worth over Rs 5 lakh.
The incident took place around 8am on Friday at Abdul Azim Qureshi’s residence barely 15 minutes after he had left his house for work.
Inspector P Chaudhary from Deonar police station said, “Qureshi’s wife Zaibun and their two-year-old son Faiz were alone at their third floor residence at Samadhan Co-operative society when three young men in their twenties came.
The accused pretended to be buyers keen on purchasing their flat. The trio said they would like to have a look at the house and got in.”
After entering the house, the trio took out choppers and locked the door from inside. They threatened Zaibun and asked her to hand over cash and jewellery lying in the house.
“The accused tied Zaibun and her son’s legs and hands before making way with Rs96,000 in cash and 1.9 kg gold,” Chaudhary said.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Qureshi said, “Zaibun somehow managed to untangle herself and yelled out to our neighbours for help who unlocked the door from outside. They called me at my office after which I rushed home. The accused took way cash and jewellery but I am glad that my family members are safe.”
The Qureshis approached the Deonar police station where a case of robbery has been registered against the three unknown accused.
Qureshi, whose office is located near the Mankhurd station, said: “The police asked me if I ever made any monetary transaction in front of strangers. I am trying hard to recollect any such incident but as of now I do not suspect anyone.”
The Deonar police are in the process of preparing sketches of the accused based on the description given by the victim, Zaibun.
The police suspect that the accused had been keeping a watch at the Qureshi’s residence and struck as soon as Qureshi left for work.