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Mentally unsound woman scares away robbers

A robbery in a building in Juhu scheme area was averted by a mentally unstable woman, reports Megha Sood.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2007 00:34 IST
Megha Sood

A robbery that was witnessed by a building in Juhu scheme area on Wednesday morning was reverted, not by the police or by alert citizen but by a mentally unstable woman, who could not control her anger when she saw her mother under attack. Although the thieves escaped with the gold necklace, the efforts of the 40-year-old Radhika Golatkar, who is mentally unsound prevented the robbers from harming anyone or robbing anything expensive.

Chaos gripped the La Blanc building in classy Juhu area in the noon as the news of robbery in the area spread. A crowd that surrounded the first floor of the building situated bang opposite a five star hotel had their eyes only on Radhika. Although Radhika couldn't express it, her eyes fuming with anger told the entire story. She sat motionless on the floor wearing a dotted black nighty while her mother Smita Golatkar told HT about the incident.

At around 12.00 pm three unidentified youth entered the building located on the busy Juhu main road. The robbers, who seemed to be in their twenties according to Smita, came to her flat number 101 on the pretext of asking for drinking water. At that hour the 65-year-old, her mentally unsound daughter and a relative Mamta were alone in the apartment on the first floor of the residential cum commercial building.

Smita was the one to open the door when one of the three robbers rang her door bell. Smita, who usually serves water to the worker of a tailoring shop on the ground floor of the building did not take much notice and opened the door for the stranger. When she turned behind to get the stranger water, his armed accomplices, who were waiting for the right time to make their move, stepped forward and covered Smita's mouth from behind and threatened her on gun point and snatched the gold necklace she was wearing.

In the meantime Mamta, who heard the noises came out; the robbers also grabbed her mouth leaving her helpless.

Radhika, who was sitting in the living room saw her mother under attack and before the robbers could rob anything else she pounced on them and started hitting and shouting. The noise alerted the neighbours and on realising that the nieghbours were on their way, the robbers fled the spot dropping their pistol on the ground.

"It was only because of Radhika that the robbers took to their heels. They got so scared by her screams that they did not even care about their weapon," said Smita, whose elder son stays in Vikhroli.

"My children, including my son younger and daughter and I stay in this building for the past 15 years but never have we felt unsafe. The workers often come to us to ask for cold drinking water so I did not doubt anything and no body would deny water to anyone on their doorstep," added Smita.

"We have registered a case of robbery (under section 397 of the IPC) against the three unidentified youth. After taking the statements of Smita and Mamta we will make the sketches of the robbers and try to find them as soon as possible," said K Nimgaonkar, ACP of zone IX.

"It was only because of the efforts of Radhika that the robbers were unable to harm anyone," he added.

Email Megha Sood: megha.sood@hindustantimes.com

First Published: Jan 04, 2007 00:34 IST