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Gutsy Mumbai couple tackle robbers in their home, catch one

Returning home in the wee hours on Saturday, Dinesh and Yogita Jaiswal realised their house was being broken into, and confronted the duo of criminals, both receiving head injuries in the scuffle

A gutsy Kandivli-based couple showed incredible courage when they confronted a duo of robbers that had broken into their home in the wee hours on Saturday.

Dinesh was assaulted by the accused when he tried to nab him, and received 13 stitches
Dinesh was assaulted by the accused when he tried to nab him, and received 13 stitches

The couple returned home to find their lock broken, and walked in on two robbers busy looting their home. While the man caught hold of one of the accused, the latter assaulted him, prompting his wife to join the fray.

Reaching home late, the couple find the lock to their house broken; realise they are being robbed. Illustration /Amit Bandre
Reaching home late, the couple find the lock to their house broken; realise they are being robbed. Illustration /Amit Bandre

Both Dinesh Jaiswal and his wife Yogita sustained injuries in the violent scuffle, but managed to nab one half of the robber duo, later identified as Sunny Jaiswal (19).

Dinesh nabs one of the robbers, who hits him on the head with a weapon; the accomplice slips away
Dinesh nabs one of the robbers, who hits him on the head with a weapon; the accomplice slips away

Dinesh received 13 stitches on his head while his wife received three. Jaiswal was arrested by the Kandivli police and has been remanded to custody.

Wife rushes to Dinesh’s rescue; also gets hit on the head, but holds on till neighbours arrive
Wife rushes to Dinesh’s rescue; also gets hit on the head, but holds on till neighbours arrive

The couple resides at Hindustan Naka in Kandivli (West). They own a restaurant located about 10 minutes away from their home, and come home late every night.Speaking to mid-day, Dinesh said, “There have been a few house break-ins in the past in our area.

Both of us come home late at night, so I was aware that I might have to face criminals one day on my way back. But, I never anticipated that they would target my home.”

Late return
In the wee hours every Saturday, the couple prepares for a pooja that they perform at the restaurant the next morning, and so, return home exceptionally late. Dinesh said, “After cleaning the hotel and finishing the work for the pooja, we left for home at around 3 am.

When we reached, we found that the lock of the door had been broken. I opened the door and found two robbers looting my house. I could not bear to watch someone stealing my valuables in front of very eyes.” Dinesh added, “I immediately caught hold of one of the robbers, while the other slipped away with some of my valuables.

The robber that I caught started hitting me with a metallic object. I started bleeding profusely. But I held on. My wife and I started shouting to alert our neighbours.” Yogita then joined the scuffle to help Dinesh, and was also assaulted by the robber. Alerted by their cries, neighbours rushed into their home and apprehended the criminal.

Dinesh said, “My wife Yogita did a very brave job of grabbing the accused. It was she who managed to nab the robber.” A police officer from Kandivli police station said, “The search for other accused is on. A case has been registered under Section 394 of the Indian Penal Code.”

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