Mumbai: A group of three men tried to rob a couple at knife point after sneaking into their sixth-floor flat in Juhu area of Vile Parle (West) in early hours of Sunday, but local police reached there in time and nixed their plan. The Juhu police made a move after one of the victims called them at around 5 am. The incident took place on the sixth floor of Umang building on NS Road 9, JVPD scheme, where Alpesh Goliya, 32, lives with his wife. While one of the two accused is their former house help, who the couple had fired, one of his aides is an ex-convict who had just got out of jail after serving his sentence in a theft case. The accused have been identified as Sanjaykumar Jungle Yadav, 19, Pawankumar Mahendra Yadav and Abhishek Lalchand Yadav, 20. The three accused sneaked into the flat from the window and were trying to steal their belongings when the couple heard them and called the police control room. A team was immediately dispatched to the spot. Before the cops could reach the spot, the trio had threatened to kill the couple with a knife, a wooden stick and an iron rod. They managed to steal Rs 6.49 lakh but they couldn’t run away with it as the cops caught them on the door step. The accused also allegedly assaulted the victims, who sustained minor injuries. Sanjay, who had worked as a house help for the couple for over a year, was fired 10 days back after he got into a verbal spat with the couple on not getting advance salary he had demanded for personal reasons. “All of them were produced before a magistrate’s court and remanded to police custody for three days,” said senior police inspector Sunil Ghosalkar of Juhu police station. An FIR has been registered against them under Sections 394 (Voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 397 (Robbery, or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt.), 452 (House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 450 (house trespass to commit crime), 506 (2) (criminal intimidation), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 34 (common intention) of the IPC.
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