A 33-year-old housewife was assaulted, rendered unconscious, and robbed of valuables worth Rs 2.74 lakh while travelling in a taxi at Kalbadevi in south Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon.
The police said they were on the lookout for the taxi driver and two unidentified persons who committed the crime.
According to the LT Marg police, the victim, Niki Shah had collected her jewellery from the Kalbadevi branch of Bank of India around 12.15pm. She hailed a taxi from outside the bank to go to her VP Road residence.
"When she reached the Metro junction, two unidentified persons barged into the taxi from the two rear doors. They pushed into the middle of the seat and threatened her with choppers. When she protested, they hit her on her wrists and hands," said an officer from the LT Marg police, adding that the woman had sustained minor injuries.
The police said the accused then pressed a handkerchief with chloroform against her nose and she lost consciousness.
They then abandoned her at Matunga around 3.05pm and fled in the taxi with the bag containing the jewellery.
Shah was carrying a 70gm gold set, comprising a necklace and earrings, worth Rs 1.4 lakh, another necklace worth Rs 40,000, a bracelet worth Rs 10,000, chain (Rs 20,000), two gold bangles (Rs 20,000), one ring (Rs 10,000), a gold chain (Rs 14,000 ) and another gold chain worth Rs20,000, said another official, requesting anonymity.
The police said the victim first went to Matunga police station where she lodged a complaint, following which the case was transferred to LT Marg police station.
The police said they had registered a case under IPC section 394 for voluntarily causing hurt while committing robbery against the taxi driver and the two unidentified accused. No arrests have been made in the case so far.