Ekta Kapoor files a complaint after Rs 60,000 goes missing from her bag:
On December 5, 2018, film producer and director Ekta Kapoor registered a complaint with the Juhu police after Rs 60,000 of the Rs 1.5 lakh cash that she had kept in her handbag went missing. The Juhu police registered a case under section 379 of IPC but are yet to make any arrests. In her complaint, Ekta said that she had kept the cash in her handbag but later when she lifted her bag, it felt lighter. On counting, she realised that Rs 60,000 was missing which is when she approached the Juhu police station and filed a complaint. The Juhu police registered a case under section 379 of IPC and the investigation is underway.
Cops raid posh Juhu five-star, arrest high-profile guests playing banned games:
On November 7, 2018, Mumbai Crime Branch's Social Service Branch (SSB) raided hotel Sea Princess at Juhu Tara Road and arrested several high-profile guests who were allegedly playing poker, table blackjack and other banned games. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the hotel and arrested 135 people including 63 men and 54 women. Eighteen employees of the hotel were also arrested. The cops also seized Rs 4 lakh cash and coins worth Rs 35 lakh procured by the players. The arrested persons were booked under the Gambling Act 4 (a), 5 while 18 accused were produced before the court. The investigation is underway.
The gang who stole from girl students' backpacks arrested:
On October 24, 2018, two members of a gang, including the kingpin, who used to target female students of Mithibai College and steal their wallets, cash and mobile phones from their backpacks, were arrested by the Juhu police. A student of pharmacy from Mithibhai College had registered an FIR at Juhu police station after she noticed that her handbag that contained Rs 3,000 in cash, an ATM card, and pen drive were missing from her backpack. The Juhu police arrested the two accused and recovered the stolen property within three hours of the offence.
Phone snatchers caught waiting for the next victim in Juhu:
On September 10, 2018, the Juhu police arrested two mobile phone snatchers within 24 hours of the offence and seized the scooter they had used to escape after snatching a high-end cellphone from a college student on September 7. The two accused identified as Prem Devendra, 23, and Prakash alias Akash Gupta, 21, had come to the same spot the next day to repeat the offence. Acting on a tip-off the Juhu police laid a trap and arrested the victims when they arrived to commit another offence.
Man arrested for harassing woman over Facebook:
On June 17, 2018, a 30-year-old content writer approached the Juhu police and filed a complaint against a Facebook friend who allegedly harassed her for nearly two years. The Juhu police arrested 49-year-old Hadimani Tamanna Fakirappa, for harassing the content writer by posting obscene messages on her Facebook wall. The accused had even responded to some of her posts through such messages, which made her extremely uncomfortable. The police registered a case and booked the harasser under sections 354A and 509 of the IPC and relevant sections of the IT Act.
Businessman arrested after veteran Bollywood actress files rape case:
On March 22, 2018, the Juhu police arrested a businessman after a veteran Bollywood actress filed an FIR against him. The accused, 47, was booked under sections 376, 420 of the Indian Penal Code and several sections related to forgery. In January 2018, the accused was arrested by Juhu police station in connection with a harassment complaint filed by the actor. He was booked under Sections 304D (stalking) and 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code on January 25 based on her complaint. In her complaint the actor alleged that the accused used to constantly call and threaten her. He turned up outside her house on the night of January 23 and demanded to be let inside. He also allegedly threatened the watchman before leaving and accosted actor the next day while she was leaving her house. The investigation is underway.
Two foreigners arrested for harassing Marathi actress, friend at Juhu cafe:
On March 4, 2018, the Santacruz police arrested two foreign nationals for harassing a Marathi actress and her friend when the two were at the coffee shop of Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu. According to the police report, the two accused sat opposite their table and started passing comments on them. When the actress confronted them, one of them walked towards her table, kneeled down and kept passing inappropriate remarks. The two men even made objectionable gestures towards the actress and her friend. The accused were identified as nationals of Czech Republic.
Two students assault woman constable in a drunken rage at 7 am:
On March 4, 2018, the Juhu police arrested two students after they assaulted a woman constable who asked them to go home and sleep off the alcohol. The accused, Gaurav Sharad Chandra Pagare, 29, and his friend Pratibha Rampal Singh, 26, were part of a drunk group that was creating a ruckus near JVPD when the constable intervened and asked the group to go home, as they were making people uncomfortable. The accused started fighting with her and the situation turned ugly. The group abused and manhandled the constable in which she suffered minor injuries on her face while trying to control the group. The Juhu police arrested the duo and booked them under Sections 353 (assault to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 354 (sexual harassment), 332 (causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 506 (criminal intimidation), 504 (intentional insult), 34 (common intention). The investigation is underway.
10-year-old boy stripped naked and tied to a tree by family:
On February 13, 2018, in a shocking incident, a 10-year-old boy was found stripped naked and tied to a tree by the Juhu police. The child was tied up by his family as a means of punishment. The Police intervened in the case after a resident of the Tata Colony, where the family lived, brought it to their attention. According to the witness, the young boy was crying incessantly for over 45 minutes. The police did not take any action against the family stating that the young child did not want to file a complaint against his family members. Since the victim was a minor, his identity was also withheld.
A partially decomposed body of a man found in Irla nullah:
On January 1, 2018, the Juhu police recovered the body of an unidentified man in his 30s from the Irla nullah. The body, found in the nude and in a partly decomposed condition, had four tattoos, based on which the Juhu police tried to trace his identity. The police registered a case of murder and conspiracy. Some locals had spotted the body post which they alerted the Juhu police. According to the police, the deceased had long hair and beard and was aged between 25 and 35. The body was taken to Cooper Hospital for a post-mortem. A case under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) of the IPC was registered in the matter.
Distant relative arrested for 11-year-old Juhu boy's death:
On Nov 29, 2017, the Mumbai Crime Branch arrested a prime suspect in the suspicious death of an 11-year-old, whose body was found in the Versova mangroves on November 26, four days after he went missing from his locality in Irla. The suspect was identified as Ravi Waghela, 37, and was detained by a team of the Mumbai Crime Branch. According to the police, the teenager was strangled to death and his body was left in the mangroves. The investigation is underway.
Morphed nude pics of teen girl posted on Instagram, Juhu cops probe:
On October 10, 2017, a woman lodged an FIR with the Juhu police after her 13-year-old daughter's Instagram account was hacked and morphed nude pictures of the girl were uploaded, bringing forth dozens of obscene comments. The woman suspected the involvement of her daughter's classmates, who had to face their teacher's ire after she had complained that the two were harassing her daughter in class for nearly a month. Based on the woman's compliant an FIR was filed against an unidentified person under sections 354 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code for molestation and defamation and under relevant sections of the IT Act. The investigation is on.
Woman steals earring from Amy Billimoria's store:
On September 13, 2017, a middle-aged woman visited fashion designer Amy Billimoria's Juhu showroom on the pretext of buying a saree, but instead, stole a pair of earrings from the shop's bridal section. As per the CCTV footage, the unidentified lady can be seen browsing clothes in the bridal section of the shop while an assistant watches over her and helps her pick out her clothes. But the minute the assistant walks away and this lady pretends to follow, she makes a quick pit stop at the jewellery shelf and is captured by the CCTV camera picking up something and dropping it into her bag. The lady finally left the store without buying anything. Billimoria visited the Santacruz Police Station with the CCTV footage and all other relevant details of the robbery that had taken place at her outlet. The FIR was registered the next day. The investigation is underway.
Builder gets extortion call from Dawood 'aide':
On August 4, 2017, a Juhu-based builder filed an FIR after he received an extortion call allegedly made by a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. According to the complaint, the caller asked for Rs 10 crore. Apparently, the extortionists who generally use Pakistan or Malaysia-based numbers to make extortion calls used a Spain number this time around. The Juhu police registered the FIR against the person who identified himself as Fahim, and he had also used Chhota Shakeel's name in the extortion call. The builder is one of the directors at a construction company. The Juhu police registered the FIR under Section 385 (Putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion) of IPC and the case was transferred to the Anti-Extortion Cell for further investigation.
Woman discloses ATM pin to 'banker', gets robbed:
On July 16, 2017, a Juhu-based woman was robbed of Rs 26,000 after she disclosed her ATM pin and internet banking password to a fake bank official. The victim, identified as Manju Chopra received an unknown call around from an unidentified person who posed as a fake bank official. The caller asked her to provide her ATM card pin and internet banking password, as the bank was updating the account details of all customers. Within minutes Rs 26,000 was withdrawn from her account. When she realised that she had been conned, the woman mediately blocked the card and filed a complaint with the DN Nagar police station. A case was registered against an unknown person under section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of IPC and section 66(C)(D) of Information Technology Act.
Two men molest, assault model at Juhu hotel party:
On July 12, 2017, a 22-year-old model filed a complaint with the Juhu police that two men allegedly molested and assaulted her a few days ago when she was at a friend’s party in at a Juhu hotel. In her complaint, the woman alleged that at the party in Juhu a man followed her and touched her inappropriately; she told him to stay away, but he asked her to come along with him. Ignoring him, she then went to the washroom. After coming out, the same man followed her again and touched her once more, leading to a heated argument between the two. Even after the hotel staff intervened, the duo refused to listen to them as well. Later, with the help of her friend the woman filed an FIR under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code against two unknown accused. The investigation is underway.
Political leader sends goons to threaten hotel owners in Juhu:
On May 18, 2017, two people were arrested for allegedly barging into a swanky Santacruz lounge hotel, forcefully evicting customers and threatening the hotelier, claiming they were aides of a political leader. The incident came to light after the hotel owner lodged a complaint with the police. The two men threatened the staff of the hotel and also asked the customers to leave immediately. The hotel staff immediately called the police control room number 100. The local police arrived at the scene and detained the two people. A case was registered under sections 384, 452, 323, 504 and 506 of Indian Penal Code for extortion, assault, trespassing, abusing and threat.
Juhu pervert nabbed for molesting two girls:
On April 23, 2017, a pervert who molested two girls in Juhu was nabbed and put behind bars. The girls were out for dinner at a restaurant in the area and were waiting outside the eatery, in an autorickshaw, when the incident occurred. The accused, identified as Amar Singh, molested one of the girls and then went to the other side of the autorickshaw to grope the second girl. The girls showed courage and tried to nab Singh, but seeing them approaching him, he started to run. The girls then raised an alarm and a few passers-by gathered to help and nabbed Singh, who was later handed over to the Juhu police. The accused was arrested under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code and was produced before the court.
Model files case against ex-boyfriend for tweeting nude picture:
On February 19, 2017, a model-actress registered a complaint with Juhu police in Mumbai, against her ex-boyfriend, for posting her nude photo on Twitter, and also stalking her on social media. The case was then transferred to the Chitalsar police station in Manpada, Thane, as she resides there. The 25-year-old actress came to know about the photo from a friend. In her complaint, she said that the photo was uploaded by her ex-boyfriend, who lives in Andheri. The actress further mentioned that her ex used to stalk her on social media since she ended the relationship. A case was registered under IPC sections 354 (A) (sexual harassment), 354 (D) (monitors use by a woman of internet, commits offence of stalking) and under IT Act section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material).
Filmmaker arrested on charges of molesting model:
On January 5, 2017, the Juhu police arrested a filmmaker on charges of molesting a 32-year-old model after she complained that he tried to force himself on her on December 29, 2017. The filmmaker, identified as Rajendra Bajaj, a resident of Canada was in the city to work on a project starring the model who has also acted in Punjabi films. According to the FIR, the accused reached the model's house at Juhu and proposed marriage. She refused and asked him to leave. Following this, the two had an argument and then the accused molested her. The accused was arrested and later produced in the Andheri court. He was later released on bail.
Schoolboy held for rape after junior found pregnant:
On November 23, 2016, a 16-year-old boy was arrested by the police for allegedly raping his junior at a prominent school in Juhu. The rape came to light after the girl complained to her parents of stomach ache, only to discover that she was 13-weeks pregnant. The boy was a Std X student and the girl, a year junior to him. The rape happened before, but the girl was too scared to tell her parents. According to the victim's complaint, the boy kissed her and inappropriately touched her private parts in the girls’ bathroom at the school. He called her there again and had sexual intercourse with her several times, under the threat of revealing their relationship to their school friends. The boy was later arrested and charged under Sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, along with Sections 4 and 8 of the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The investigation is underway.
Three arrested for extorting Rs 2 crore from Juhu couple:
On August 4, 2016, a Juhu-based couple heaved a sigh of relief when the police arrested three men on harassment and extortion charges. In 2012, Rohit (38) and Rita Chugani (35) paid R50 lakh to Singh to start construction on a plot in Kalyan. While Singh began construction, he refused to complete the work in 2014 and also declined to return the amount paid to him. Consequently, the Chuganis filed a case of cheating against Singh to recover R50 lakh. But soon after the case started, the couple started receiving calls from unknown numbers demanding they withdraw the case or face dire consequences. The goons had even threatened to kill the couple if they didn't retract the case against Singh. The police managed to arrest Singh and two of his men. They were booked under Sections 143, 452, 511, 509, 504 and 506 of the IPC, for trespassing, sexual harassment, insult, and criminal intimidation.
Film producer booked for allegedly molesting and threatening struggling model:
On February 1, 2016, a 51-year-old film producer was booked by Mumbai police for allegedly molesting and threatening a 29-year-old struggling model at a five-star hotel in Juhu. According to the complaint, the accused identified as Suresh Mehta had asked the model to reach the Sea Princess Hotel in western Mumbai's Juhu area on the pretext that he was interested in signing her for an upcoming movie which he was financing. When the victim reached the hotel, Mehta allegedly began touching her. When she objected to this, he threatened her and abused her as well. The police booked the producer under section 354, 506, 504.
Psychopath strikes again outside Mithibai college:
On March 15, 2015, a psychopath who was picking women at random, attacking them with rods and blades struck again when he slashed the hands of a 20-year-old call centre employee outside Mithibai college in Mumbai. In 2010, Siraj Ali Bachchu Ali, who is reportedly mentally unstable, had hit 16-year-old Payal Gupte with a rod on her head and back outside the college. After slashing the hands of the call centre employee, Ali fled from the spot but was nabbed by the Juhu police patrolling team opposite Nanavati Hospital after a nearly 2-km-long chase. Ali was arrested and booked under Section 307 (Attempt to murder) of the IPC. He was later produced before the court. The investigation is underway.
Security guard forces postwoman into the lift molests her:
On December 10, 2014, the Juhu police arrested a security guard from a residential building in Juhu after a postwoman alleged that he had tried to molest and rape her. The survivor had gone to deliver a letter at Nandadeep building in Juhu when on her way, the security guard had rushed towards the lift, opened the door and asked her to enter. The accused grabbed the postwoman by the arm and waist and dragged her into the lift. On the way up to the seventh floor, he allegedly tried to molest and rape her. When the lift’s doors finally opened on the seventh floor, he held on to her arm so she couldn’t escape. However, the survivor managed to break free and began to run down the stairs. She stopped at the fifth floor, asked for help from one of the residents there. Post which she called her colleague who then informed the police about the incident. The police immediately arrested the accused and charged him under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC. The investigation is underway.
Former servants arrested for stealing actress Kajol's bangles:
On October 29, 2013, two servants were arrested from their respective residences in Bandra (East) and Nalasopara for allegedly stealing gold bangles from actress Kajol's house. The two accused were identified as Gayatri Devendra and Santosh Pandey and had worked for Devgn's for three years in the past. According to police officials, the theft was discovered on October 22, when Kajol was getting ready for Karva Chauth following which a complaint was lodged at the Juhu police station. In their complaint, the Devgns mentioned that 17 bangles, worth about Rs 5 lakh, were missing from their residence.
Woman molested at New Year bash in Mumbai:
On December 31, 2013, a 29-year-old married woman was allegedly molested by a drunken man while she was celebrating the New Year at a beach crowded with revellers in suburban Juhu. The accused, Hyder Ali, who was a part of the crowd at the beach, touched the victim inappropriately when the woman and her husband were celebrating New Year's Eve at Juhu Chowpatty. The accused was subsequently caught and taken to police station, where he was arrested for molesting the woman and charged under section 354 of the IPC. Ali was produced before a local court on where he was later granted bail.
Juhu is one of the most sought-after suburbs in the city of Mumbai and home to celebrities and people from all walks of life. Juhu is also famous for its innumerable eateries that are frequently visited by Bollywood celebrities. However, Juhu has witnessed gruesome crimes, from day-light robberies, to women being assaulted to sensational murders which have to some extent affected the peace of the locality. We showcase a few instances of crime from in and around Juhu that have made the headlines
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