A 69-year-old man was attacked and robbed by six people who broke into his Juhu bungalow early on Friday. The group tied up Harishchandra Mishra, his driver, and four domestic help and fled with valuables worth Rs 2.25 lakh. The Juhu police have registered a case of dacoity following Mishra’s complaint and have detained for questioning the five others who were tied up, sources said.
The incident took place around 2 am on Friday at Gandhigram Road near Juhu beach, when the six men entered the Jai Mata Kutir bungalow by jumping over the rear wall, which faces the beach.
Police sources said all the men were dressed in shorts and vests and had covered their faces with handkerchiefs. They broke the door knob with tools used by professional burglars and were also armed with sickles, said a police official.
Some of them entered the house-helps' quarters in the compound and allegedly tied up Mishra’s driver and four domestic help. Meanwhile, Mishra's dog had started barking, upon which he ventured out of his room. “The men brandished a sickle at him. Before he was tied up, Mishra grabbed the sickle and sustained cuts to his fingers,” said an officer, who did not wish to be named.
The men took gold jewellery, three mobile phones and wristwatches worth Rs 2.23 lakh in all, an official said. They then broke the lock of the main entrance and fled. They are also believed to have cut the CCTV connection and stolen the digital video recorder.
“The Juhu police have registered a case under sections 342 and 397 (wrongful confinement and dacoity) against six unidentified assailants. Investigations are on. The crime branch is also conducting a parallel probe,” said Mumbai police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police (detection).
There was no security guard posted at the bungalow when the robbery took place but on Saturday the owners hired a few guards. The police are also checking if any of his former domestic employees was involved, a crime branch officer said.
Sources said the bungalow is the subject of an ongoing property dispute, which is being heard in the civil court.