A 38-year-old German woman and her husband on Friday caught a 26-year-old man who had been stalking her for the past two months.
The woman, who was taking her daughter to yoga class on a two-wheeler on Friday, noticed a familiar face in the rear-view mirror. It was that of Sajid Khan, whom she had seen following her at least four times previously.
Her husband, 40, said, “The moment she saw the man she understood who it was as she had seen him stalking her four times in the past two months. She memorised the number of his bike when she stopped at a red light.”
He said his wife then turned towards her friend’s building at Napean Sea Road. “She called me from her friend’s house and told me that the same person was stalking her again. She messaged me his bike’s registered number and I left for Napean Sea Road at once to look for him,” he added.
When the husband got there, he saw Khan in a corner of the lane, apparently waiting for his wife to emerge.
“He did not recognise me as he had never seen me before. I telephoned my wife and told her to come out. The moment she did, the stalker ran towards his bike, ready to follow her again. I stopped her in front of the guy and asked if he was the man who had been stalking her, to which she replied yes,” said the husband.
He caught hold of Khan and made sure he didn’t escape while his wife went to the police. She spotted a police van near St Stephen’s Church, and Khan was soon on his way to Malabar Hill police station.
After the case was transferred to Gamdevi police station, Khan was booked under sections 354-D (stalking) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to outrage the modesty of the woman). He was later granted bail.
The husband told HT said that the grocery shop they frequent is right opposite the building where Khan works at Altamount Road.
“We went to the building with [Khan’s] picture to find out if he actually is a driver. There we learnt that he works for a man who is currently in the US and travels abroad very often,” said the husband.