Ratlam police honoured an 85-year-old woman, a former teacher in a government school, for her bravery after she helped them nab two thieves who were attempting to break into her house on Saturday night.
A widow, Premlata stays alone in Bank colony in Ratlam, as all her four sons are working in Mumbai .
According to a report in Bhaskar, on Saturday night, she was sleeping in her house when two young boys tried to sneak in. While they were cutting the grill, the noise woke her up. She saw the duo and charged towards them, splashing a bucket of water.
One of the accused caught Premlata by her hand, however, she managed to hold a stick that was lying nearby and hit both the criminals with it, simultaneously raising an alarm.
Her repeated calls woke up neighbours who immediately informed station road police. Within ten minutes, they reached her house and caught the thieves.
When Premlata was called to the police station to identify the criminals, she not only confirmed it was them but also asked the robbers to do sit-ups as punishment.
Looking at her bravery, police awarded her with Rs 5000 and a mobile phone.
SP GK Pathak said both the accused have been arrested and assured that action will be taken against them.