Woman fights off armed intruders, foils robbery

Published: 19 December, 2012 07:43 IST | Sandip Kolhatkar |

A 24-year-old woman successfully fought off two knife-wielding burglars to save her grocery store from being robbed in the wee hours of yesterday.

Exhibiting valiant courage, the woman single-handedly fought the robbers, forcing them to abandon their bid and run for their lives. However, in the confrontation, the woman sustained knife wounds, as one of the robbers’ attacked her with the sharp weapon.

The woman identified as Umbradevi Jagidshkumar Vora is a resident of Ravet village. Police said that she has been admitted to the YCM hospital where she is undergoing treatment and is said to be out of danger.

Brave young woman: Umbradevi Vora recuperates in hospital after two armed robbers assaulted her yesterday. The robbers had targeted her brothers’ grocery store in Ravet. pic/Navnath Kaple

“At 2 am on Tuesday, some unidentified people with faces covered knocked at the door of the house-cum-shop, asking for a tablet. Umbradevi and her brother Jagdish sensed something amiss and did not open the door,” said Ram Jadhav, police inspector of Dehu Road police station.

According to the police, after door was not opened, the robbers then started banging the door with weapons and stones and tried to barge into the house. The siblings tried to secure the door, but the accused managed to break it open.

“After the robbers entered the house, Jagdish and Umbradevi got scared and Jagdish ran out of the house and started screaming for help. In the meantime, Umbradevi took it upon her self to resist the intruders. While warding them off, one of the robbers’ assaulted her in the stomach, but despite the injury sustained she continued fighting and also started yelling for help,” said Jadhav.

Seeing blood oozing out of her stomach and her loud shrills, according to the police, the robbers got scared and ran away from the house and fled on their motorcycle.

“The two arm robbers had sneaked into the village with the intention to rob the grocery shop, which is owned by Umbradevi’s two brothers,” added Jadhav.

Alerted by the screams, neighbours rushed to the house along with Jagdish, and saw Umbradevi lying in a pool of blood, following which they rushed her to a hospital. A case was registered against the two unidentified robbers at the Dehu Road police station.  

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