The duo, who had left the woman for dead, were arrested four hours after the incident, police said.
The victim, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was married six months ago and lived in Andheri East along with her husband and brother-in-law. While the two went to work daily, she would remain at home alone.
According to police, Chandan Jaiswal (20) worked at a Bharat Gas agency in Andheri East and often took his friend, Mohammad Alam Shaikh (35), along on the job. While Jaiswal delivered gas cylinders, Shaikh usually repaired gas pipes.
Both first visited the victims home a month ago to replace a used gas cylinder. At 3.30 pm Tuesday, Jaiswal went to the victims home at Shaikhs insistence, the police said. When the woman opened the door, Jaiswal told her that the gas pipe needed to be repaired and went into the kitchen. Shaikh stayed in the living room and bolted the door from inside. When the woman screamed, Shaikh clamped his hand on her mouth, said an officer from MIDC police station.
Shaikh threatened to kill the woman if she resisted and allegedly raped her. Jaiswal, who was reportedly unaware of Shaikhs intentions, panicked and began to throttle the woman.
Instead of raising an alarm, Jaiswal helped Shaikh subdue the woman and choked her. Once she passed out, both thought she was dead and fled with her gold earrings, said the officer.
The officer said the incident came to light only when the womans husband returned home and found her unconscious. After she was revived, she narrated the ordeal to her husband, who rushed her to the police station. She was later admitted to a hospital and is now out of danger.
Both men believed she was dead and did not bother to run. They were arrested not far away from the victims home four hours later. We have got their custody until February 6, said senior inspector Suresh Hujband.