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House help held for robbing senior citizens in Janakpuri

The police have recovered jewellery worth ₹5 lakh and ₹17,000 in cash from the possession of the accused.

The police have recovered jewellery worth ₹5 lakh and ₹17,000 in cash from the possession of the accused.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Accused woman drugged employers, decamped with cash and jewellery

A house help, who used to drug senior citizens, and decamp with jewellery and cash in west Delhi, has been arrested, the police said on Wednesday.

Reena alias Pinki (34), who hails from Begusarai district in Bihar, was arrested by the Delhi Police from Begusarai, where she had been hiding to evade arrest.

The police said that on December 11, the PCR received a call regarding an incident in Janakpuri. The police reached the spot and the couple was taken to a hospital.

Preliminary enquiry revealed that the couple was given some unidentified substance by their new house help, after which she ransacked the house and decamped with jewellery and cash.

On the basis of a police complaint, an FIR was registered in the matter against the house help at Janakpuri police station.

During investigation, it was found that victim Pushkar Nath Kaul had randomly hired the accused as a house help a couple of days before the incident. The victims had no detail about her except her name.

“To trace and arrest the accused, a special team was constituted. The team surveyed the locality. After analysing more than 100 CCTV camera footage, the suspect was spotted going towards Sagarpur,” said DCP (West) Monika Bhardwaj.

The team got the footage enhanced and prepared around 10,000 pamphlets, which were distributed in areas like Dabri, Sagarpur, Bindapur, Uttam Nagar, Sitapuri and Kali Basti, where several house helps stay and come to work at Janakpuri and Vikaspuri from.

It was found that incidents with similar modus operandi were reported in Vikaspuri and Janakpuri earlier as well. The police got leads about the accused from the complainants in these cases.

“We got a tip-off about the accused Reena, who was arrested from Begusarai. She fled after she had come to know that the police were searching for her,” Ms. Bhardwaj said.

Previous cases

The accused confessed to having been involved in the present case as well as three other cases with similar modus-operandi registered at Janakpuri police station in 2017.

“The accused used to pose as house helps to get access to the houses. She used to do a recce of the houses for two-three days while working there. She targeted senior citizens who either live alone or stay alone after other family members are out for work. She would poison the elderly persons and decamp with valuables,”

The police have recovered jewellery worth ₹5 lakh and ₹17,000 in cash from the accused’s possession. She has also taken a loan on a jewellery she had stolen from a house, they said.

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