Prajakta Ramas, 40, who lives on the second floor of building no 8 in Sriram Society at Abhyudaya Nagar, was living in Andheri since the past four days after her mother-in-law’s surgery. To avoid any untoward incident, she had asked her neighbours to keep a close watch on her house.
On Friday, Asha Rane, one of her neighbour woke up around 7.30am to fetch the milk. However, when she tried to open the door, she realised that it was locked from outside. “I did not suspect anything wrong since many times the cleaner mistakenly locks the door,” said Rane. “But when another neighbour told me that her door was locked as well, I knew something was wrong.” They had to call residents of the other wing to unlock their doors. On coming out, Rane saw that Ramas’s house had been broken into and all her belongings were scattered.
Same was the case with Satish Kale a resident of flat number 617. “They had left for Pune on Thursday,” one of his neighbours said. “When we woke up on Friday, even our doors were locked. On coming out we saw that Kale’s house had been ransacked. After we informed him, he asked his mother, who lives in Lalbaug, to rush to his house.”