Crime branch officials investigating the recent house break-in at actress Hema Malini’s home have stumbled upon a Nepali national who is wanted for another robbery at Vashi.
Highly placed police sources said the accused, whose name has not been disclosed, will be handed over to Navi Mumbai police for further investigations. The police zeroed in on him after questioning scores of Nepali nationals as part of investigations into the robbery at Malini’s house last week. Police said cash and ornaments worth over Rs 84 lakh had been stolen from the house.
The initial police interrogation of the accused revealed he was involved in a robbery at Vashi two years ago and had fled with loot worth over Rs 7 lakh to his hometown in Nepal.
“The Maoists took away by force everything that he had stolen at Vashi, leaving him penniless,” a source said, adding that the accused then returned to India and has since lived in Mumbai, working as a security guard.
“He had been looking out for an opportunity to repeat the crime,” the source said.
Crime branch sources said that although they have identified the four Nepali nationals responsible for the robbery at the actress’s house, very little of the stolen items could be recovered.
“Two of the accused it seems have managed to cross the border into Nepal, along with most of the booty,” the source said.
On February 27, thieves broke into Malini’s bungalow in Yashodhara Hilltop Society in Goregaon (East) and fled with jewellery and cash worth Rs 84 lakh. Senior Police Inspector Vinayak Kakade of Dindoshi police station had said the domestic servant who works at the actor’s bungalow found it ransacked on Sunday and informed the actor’s cousin, Mohan Raghavan.
Raghavan, who looks after the bungalow, had found one of the windows broken and the house ransacked. The cash and jewellery were stored in a locker. Police said the actor had gone to Nagpur.