In another instance of rising crimes against senior citizens in the city, three unidentified youths tried to rob an elderly couple at knife point at their Bandra mansion in a posh locality on Tuesday evening under the pretext of asking for water. Though the robbery bid was foiled after their daring maid raised an alarm, the accused managed to escape.
According to the Bandra Police, the incident occurred at around 6.40pm at 70-year-old Mohini Pamnani’s first-floor flat in Bheroomal Mansion located on Turner Road in Bandra (West). Pamnani was with her husband Dayaldas and the house-help when three men in the age group of 18 to 20 years knocked on her door.
When Pamnani opened the door, one of them allegedly said they were thirsty and asked for water. As an unsuspecting Pamnani walked towards the kitchen, they barged into the room, police said.
“One of the accused took out a large blade and threatened her before punching her on her nose. The second accused then overpowered Dayaldas and tied a duct tape on his mouth. The trio rained blows on the couple and kicked them,” said Hanuman Humbe, sub-inspector at Bandra police station.
While the senior citizens were being roughed up by the robbers, the maid, who was in the kitchen, came to the hall area on hearing the muffled voices. The accused brandished a chopper at the maid, threatening her with consequences if she did not keep quiet. But the undeterred maid raised an alarm and began shouting for help. Fearing they would be caught, the accused ran away.
Pamnani’s nephew who lives on the floor above in the mansion, went to the balcony to check what had happened when he spotted the fleeing trio. “He tried to chase them, but they managed to flee. The nephew informed the police control room and we reached the spot within five minutes,” said an officer.
“There are no CCTV cameras at the mansion, neither do they have a guard. We are preparing sketches and investigating the incident,” said Humbe.