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Mumbai crime: Rs 3.4 lakh in valuables robbed from model's home

The Turkmenistan native had gone out for dinner and returned at 1 am to find her cupboards having been ransacked, and her gold jewellery, laptops and foreign currency missing; two weeks later, cops have no leads

Two weeks after the house of a 29-year-old foreign model in Andheri was robbed, police still have no clue whatsoever about the burglars. The model had gone out for dinner with a friend and returned to find her gold ornaments, foreign currency and laptop stolen. Thereafter, she registered a case with the Amboli police station.

Zamira Hojaniyazova points to the grill from where the robbers broke into her house
Zamira Hojaniyazova points to the grill from where the robbers broke into her house

According to the police, the model, Zamira Hojaniyazova, originally from Turkmenistan, stays in a first-floor flat at a housing society near Kokilaben Hospital in Four Bungalows, Andheri (West). Police said Hojaniyazova, on September 25, got a call around 8 pm from a friend asking her to meet for dinner. The 29-year-old left her house at 9 pm and when she returned at 1 am, she found the lights on.

Thinking she might have forgotten to switch off the lights, she entered her apartment to find it having been ransacked. Her cupboard was in disarray and her gold ornaments, 1,000 Singapore dollars, 2,000 US dollars, bank cheque book and two laptops had been stolen. The total loss was pegged at Rs 3.42 lakh.

Hojaniyazova reported the robbery the very next day to the Amboli police. “The robber had cut the grills of the balcony and entered, which is strange as the area is quite populated. Had I been in the house, the robbers would’ve harmed me, or perhaps even killed me.

The police should be alert and increase the security in the area,” said the model, who has worked in a few dance numbers in Hindi films, including the recently released Mere Dad Ki Maruti. The Amboli police have registered a case of house break-in against unknown persons.

“We are investigating and looking at who could have helped the robbers know that the occupant of the house was out at that particular time,” said Vishnu Rathod, assistant police inspector from the Amboli police station.

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