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Two arrested for robbing senior citizen couple of ₹7.32 lakh in Mumbai

Police are looking for another suspect, who is absconding.

mumbai Updated: Feb 07, 2018 00:09 IST
Manish Pathak
Manish Pathak
Hindustan Times
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The duo was arrested on Monday. (Representational Image )

The Mumbai crime branch on Monday arrested two accused, including one from Bihar, who had robbed a senior citizen couple at their residence in Andheri of gold jewellery and cash worth Rs7.32 lakh last month.

Police are looking for another suspect, who is absconding.

Sikandar Sharma, 32, one of the accused was working as a caretaker at Gita Bhatt, 69, and her husband Kirit Bhatt’s, 75, residence.

Sharma and the other accused Dhirendra Pathak, 35, lived in Vasai. Gita and Kirit live in a flat in Sahyog society, Andheri (East), police said.

“According to their plan, Pathak and the absconding accused visited the Bhatts’ place on January 17 around 5pm. Sharma was at home. The trio threatened the couple at knife-point and stole gold ornaments and cash worth Rs7.32 lakh and fled,” police inspector SB Shinde, Unit 10 of the crime branch said.

The Bhatts had registered a case of robbery at Andheri police station after which, an officer from unit 10 started a parallel inquiry.

A police team comprising inspector Anand Bhoir and Dopewad went to the accused’s vicinity in Vasai.

After questioning several people they got a tip-off that Sharma had gone to his native place in Bihar, said Shinde.

Bhoir and Dopewad went to Bihar and after three days arrested Sharma from Gangouli village in Rohtas district and brought him to Mumbai.

“After questioning Sharma, we arrested Pathak from Vasai. Pathak had gone to Uttar Pradesh, but had returned to Mumbai few days ago,” Shinde said.

Both the accused have confessed to the crime.

The was produced in court on Tuesday. They have been remanded in police custody till February 13.

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 00:08 IST