In 4th Stage BTM Layout in Bengaluru, Roopa’s presence of mind ensured her family’s safety.
Imagine you are fast asleep when you suddenly wake up upon hearing a slight sound. It continues to persist, so you get up to see where it is coming from and stumble upon a full-fledged break-in attempt. The stuff of crime novels, it is indeed horrifying in reality.
This is precisely what happened in Roopa Devaraj’s home in Bengaluru’s BTM Layout 4th stage. On October 8, she and her husband, Devaraj, were fast asleep when they heard strange noises coming from the main door at approximately 3:00 a.m.
Dismissing the noises as those coming from the street, she went back to sleep, but was up and alert when the sounds persisted. She then presumed it was her nephew Chandru, who was returning home from his shift at a cab aggregator service.
To her shock, she found out that her nephew was already at home. Upon hearing several voices from behind the main door, she finally realised someone was trying to break the lock.
That is when Roopa immediately alerted Devaraj, who came out of the bedroom shouting at the miscreants. Her nephew and her school-going son were also up and rushed to help.
Speaking to the Bangalore Mirror, Roopa said, “When Chandru was holding the door from coming off the hinges, one of the miscreants cleaved the wood with a weapon, and it scraped my son’s leg. Yet, he didn’t let go of the hold. With every blow, they seemed to be getting closer to breaking the door down.”
While the robbers incessantly hammered on the door, Roopa had a brainwave. Having saved some mobile numbers of the Begur station cops on her phone, she decided to call them up. She went to the window and spoke aloud, making sure the miscreants heard her. All five calls to five cops went unanswered, following which Roopa started shouting at the men to leave, as she had called cops.
However, things started going south, when Roopa heard the gang take out a machete. Meanwhile, after fruitlessly trying to get in touch with various cops Roopa finally found a listener in Madappa, at the Begur Police Station.
Madappa gauged the situation from her voice and reassured her a Hoysala (Bengaluru Police’s mobile vehicular patrol) was on the way. Roopa once again shouted at the miscreants, warning them of police presence.
That was when the gang finally decided to abandon the attempt, and as per what Devaraj told the Bengaluru Police, instead of running away, they walked calmly back to the end of the road. By the time Madappa had arrived, the attackers had escaped.
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It was Roopa’s quick thinking and her the complex house-lock system of her home that saved the family. Security camera footage showed the attackers to be in their 20’s, carrying a backpack full of tools. Security footage in another lane showed that they escaped in a car.
Roopa and her family cancelled travel plans in light of this attempted robbery. The police have registered a case, and investigations are on.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)