A brave 30-year-old Vasai homemaker, at home with her eight-yearold son on Wednesday evening, singlehandedly fought off an armed intruder for about 15 minutes before the neighbours were alerted.
The accused Rasool Khan (25), a resident of Mira Road, was remanded to a day’s police custody by the Vasai sessions court. Manickpur police has booked him for attempt to murder and house trespass.
Khan barged into the second-floor flat in Gulmohar Society, Vasant Nagri, owned by Bijendrakumar Zhizhoter, Vasai city president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. While Bijendrakumar was away, his wife Pooja (30) and son Kush (8) were threatened and assaulted with a knife. According to Pooja, at around 7pm Khan knocked on their door and asked for ‘Shinde’. Kush, a class III student who answered the doorbell, told him no one by that name lived there. A few minutes later Khan returned to the door.
When Kush opened the door this time, he barged in, pushed the boy and gagged Pooja’s mouth. He then held a knife to her neck and threatened her. But Pooja fought back and bit Khan on his finger, hit him with a hockey stick kept behind the door, and asked Kush to run into the bedroom and lock himself. While Kush was running into the bedroom, Khan began pulling Pooja towards another room. She fought him and managed to lock him in the room before neighbours were alerted.
“After fighting off Khan for about 15 minutes, my screams were heard by neighbours who rushed to the flat,” said Pooja.
Residents then called the police who arrested Khan. Bijendrakumar alleged Khan came with the intention of assaulting him. He said since June 2016 he was assaulted twice and hence they kept hockey sticks and wooden bats in their house as a safety measure.
He said this was the first time that his family was targeted, adding the assault may have been politically motivated. Police said robbery was not the motive of the attack. The closed circuit television (CCTV) footage in the building shows Khan walking straight to the second floor.