Five men barged into the ninth-floor apartment of a woman in a posh residential building in ‘safe city’ Ahmedabad after midnight and reportedly molested her. One of them also allegedly raped the domestic help of the woman, who is a real estate developer.
The incident took place at Renown Shafalya apartment in Shilaj area of the Gujarat capital, where the 41-year-old was victimised, while her 19-year-old house help violated by what has been revealed as the security guards of the same building.
The miscreants also reportedly robbed the women of cash and valuables apart from their mobile phones. The woman later reported the matter to the police with the help of a neighbour in the sparsely occupied building.
“Three guards looted Rs 3 lakh cash, a laptop, two mobile phones, and the keys to the house and her car. Of the five, one of them stood outside the apartment and another near the meter on the ground floor till their plan was executed,” said Neelam Goswami, DySP Ahmedabad (rural).
All five fled in the woman’s car which they abandoned at a particular location in the city. They were caught within hours of committing the crime, while escaping in a private bus. They were caught from Palanpur by the Banaskantha local crime branch which was alerted by the Ahmedabad rural police.
In Palanpur, Banaskantha SP Akshayraj Makwana told reporters that LCB sleuths and other cops had barricaded several roads, especially those leading to Rajasthan after being alerted by Ahmedabad police.
“We were not sure if they were fleeing in a private vehicle or public transport. Using human intelligence and technical surveillance, the LCB team stopped a private bus going to Rajasthan near Aroma Circle on the highway and nabbed all five people along with the robbed valuables.”
The arrested have been identified as Amritpal Singh (34), Manjit Singh (25), Rahul Singh (23), Hariom Thakur (18) and Sukhwindar Singh (23).
Of the five, three are natives of Punjab and two from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
“They had planned to carry out the robbery before leaving for home for Diwali vacation,” said a police official. The five also withdrew Rs 40,000 using the ATM card that they stole from the house.
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