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Mumbai crime: 'Trusted maid' who stole Rs 18 lakh, caught

The city police have nabbed a woman who stole gold jewellery worth Rs 18 lakh from the house of a young couple and escaped to her village in West Bengal. Ranjita, alias Akhi Khetrapal, had been sent to Mumbai by her employer to look after the latter’s Mumbai-based pregnant daughter. The cops are now on the lookout for the woman’s husband who helped her sell the valuables.


The accused, Ranjita Khetrapal

According to the police, Ranjita, 35 looted gold worth Rs 18 lakhand escaped to West Bengal. However a team consisting of police sub-inspector Vijay Mane and constables Anant Dalvi and woman constable Meenakshi Kokane went to Bengal and nabbed her on Wednesday. She was brought back to Mumbai on Friday and a case of house-breaking was registered against her.

An officer from Powai police station said, “Ranjita had arrived at the house of Sudip and Archana Kashyap four days before she escaped with the jewellery on November 11.”

The complainants, Sudip Kashyap (28) and his wife Archana (25) are executives at a leading FMCG company. According to their statement, Ranjita was in the employment of Archana’s mother in West Bengal for the past four years. Assuming she was trustworthy, she was sent to Mumbai to take care of the family since Archana was pregnant.

On the day of crime, after the couple left for work, Ranjita broke open the cupboards, and decamped with the loot. “The couple obviously trusted Ranjita enough to leave their house in her hands. The crime came to light when they returned home from work, rang the doorbell several times and finally opened the door with spare keys to find the cupboards broken into,” added the officer.

Sudip then tried calling Ranjita but her cell phone was switched off. They then reported the matter to the police and lodged a complaint. Initial investigations confirmed that Ranjita had fled to West Bengal. A team was dispatched to her village where they found and arrested her. The cops are now on the lookout for her husband as he apparently helped her sell most of the robbed jewels. The accused has been booked under Section 381 (theft by clerk or servant of property) of the Indian Penal Code.   

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