After falsely accusing a 45-year-old real estate agent of beating one of their daughters, seven women surrounded the victim, Ashok Dave, inside a BEST bus and robbed him of Rs10,000 at Bandra-Kurla Complex on Monday afternoon.
According to the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) police, Dave, a Malad resident, boarded a double decker BEST bus (route 310 from Kala Nagar junction to Asian Heart Institute) at Kala Nagar junction at around 12.30 pm on Monday. He was going to meet a client at the diamond market in BKC.
Minutes later, at the Family Court bus stop in Bandra (E), around seven women, accompanied by a child each, boarded the bus, and sat on seats close to Dave. A woman sat next to him, with a girl on her lap.
“She asked me to give her daughter something to eat or some money. I smiled and started talking to the child. The woman then asked me to let the child sit on my lap as she wanted to look out the window. I declined politely and stroked the child’s hair,” said Dave.
The woman started shouting at him, saying, 'Why are you beating my child?' The women seated close to him then got up, surrounded him and started yelling at him, he added. One of them then got up, unzipped his bag, removed the money from his wallet (Rs10,000) and his office keys, and put it in her bag. Dave tried to raise an alarm, but the women had surrounded him, blocking everyone’s view, and their yelling drowned out his voice. They then got off when the bus stopped at Bharat Nagar.
“After I told the co-passengers about what happened, they said they assumed it was an argument and did not suspect the women had robbed me,” he said.
Dave filed a complaint at the BKC police station. “We have never heard of such an incident of theft before,” said C Bhosale, senior inspector of BKC police.
Bhosale said they would prepare sketches of the women and would also ask the local crime branch if they have come across such a modus operandi, and if the group has robbed others.