The Pant Nagar police arrested a 40-year-old woman for sending threat letters to her neighbour as she was jealous of the latter’s prosperity.
After receiving four such letters, the victims’ family installed a CCTV camera at the entrance of their flat that helped in nailing the accused.
The accused, Heena Mehta was arrested on Thursday night.
“Mehta has been booked on charges of threatening and for insulting the modesty of a woman,” said U.S. Suryavanshi, senior inspector.
The complainant, Rachana Joshi (30) lives with her husband, Mimal (30), in-laws, elder sister in law, Parina and Parina’s son, Madhav (6).
Mimal is an event manager, his father, Parimal works is the irrigation department of the state government and Parina is a nutritionist at a Powai-based health centre.
The Joshis and the Mehtas have been staying on the second floor of Mahavir Villa in Ghatkopar (east) since more than 25 years.
According to the police, Mehta was jealous of her neighbour's well-being. “Mehta’s husband had suffered a heavy loss in the stock market,” said an officer.
The police said that the Joshis received eight letters (in Hindi) wherein Mehta (addressing herself as a male) claimed that she wanted to avenge the death of her friend Karim Sheikh (the victims’ driver who died in a road accident on January 30).
“The letter said that she would ruin the Joshis as they were responsible for Karim's death, get Madhav kidnapped, plant a bomb in their car and defame Rachana,” said an officer.
“Fearing a threat to our lives, initially we did not approach the police. As the letters kept coming, we installed a CCTV,” Parimal told HT.
“My husband saw Mehta posting the letters in the CCTV footage,” Rachana said.
It was a shock to the family as they had very good relations with the Mehtas.
“On March 29, when Rachana confronted Mehta about the threats, the accused threatened that she had
contacts with gangsters and that she would get the victims’ family killed,” stated the FIR.