The police suspect the culprits were known to the victim, Hirabai Rajaram Garud (80), a resident of the Balaji Menons Building, Tupe Ali, Hadapsar.
Garud was beaten up by the two unknown persons, who entered her house on Sunday evening. Garud was on her own alone at home as other members of her family were away at a wedding. Taking advantage of the situation, the two people attacked her, punching on her face and breaking her teeth before snatching her ornaments.
Garud’s daughter-in-law Shubhangi said, “We had gone out to attend a wedding in the family and my mother-in-law was alone at home. As she went inside our house to switch on the light, one person who claimed he worked at our restaurantarrived and demanded old newspapers.
As my mother-in-law went inside to get them the newspapers, they asked for a glass of water. When she went inside, two people, including the one who had approached her for newspapers, caught her from behind and dragged her into the bedroom. One of them snatched her gold chain. Four teeth of hers are broken after one of them punched her on the mouth.”
According to Assistant Police Inspector S S Chavan of the Gadital police chowkey, the woman has two sons. One runs a printing press and the other a restaurant in the locality. Chavan said either someone working at the restaurant or someone known to the family was aware that the senior citizen was alone at home. “Garud hasn’t recognised the two persons. She has described one of them and we will find the person soon,” Chavan said.
The police filed a complaint against the unknown persons under Sections 452 (house trespassing after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt for committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.