Plucky senior citizen Mohammed Ali Kapdi (60) and his family fought off five armed robbers and nabbed the sixth, but in the process sustained serious injuries.
At around 2.30 am on Sunday, the six robbers entered Sameena Manzil, a bungalow in Kausa, Mumbra. They entered the first floor of the house using scaffolding put up for renovation.
At that moment, Tanveer (22), Mohammed Alis son, got up to take his medicines. Seeing him, the robbers attacked him, followed by Mohammed Ali and Mazhar (another son) when they attempted to overpower the robbers.
After assaulting the three with choppers, one of the robbers climbed down to the ground floor, where other family members were asleep.
But hearing the commotion, the family swung into action and overpowered the robber, who was beaten and tied up by local residents who joined in the rescue operations when they heard screams for help.
The Kapdi family saved most of their valuables, but preliminary investigations revealed the robbers took gold earrings and cash of Rs 5,000.
In the melee, six male members of the Kapdi family were seriously injured and have been admitted at various nursing homes in and around Mumbra.
Most of them sustained serious cut injuries with choppers on their body and head.
Lauding the familys bravery, V Rane, assistant commissioner of police, Kalwa division, said, It was a preplanned robbery attempt, which has been foiled by the familys brave act.
The family said the robbers were in the age group of 25 to 30. A case has been registered with Mumbra police and a hunt has been launched to nab the other robbers.
My wife and son are starving, says accused
The robber nabbed by the Kapdi family is presently admitted in the municipal hospital at Kalwa, after sustaining injuries.
He has been identified as Sayyed Zuber Gani (32), a Mumbra resident.
Gani said his associates were Gafar, Patel, Iqbal and Arif, all of who are absconding. He claims he is a tailor by profession and was jobless for a while and needed cash badly, police said.
According to Gani, Patel and Gafar approached him last week and disclosed their plan to rob the bungalow, as they had information that there was a lot of cash and jewellery there.
Gafar distributed choppers to everyone and told Gani his role in the robbery would be limited to threatening the Kapdi family with choppers, while the rest of the gang would commit the crime. He was to be paid Rs 3,000 for the service.
My wife and son are starving at home and so I agreed to commit the crime. Its my mistake; they used me and I got caught, said Gani.