Woman robbed at home in broad daylight

Unidentified armed miscreants barged into a house in Jamia Nagar of south-east Delhi on Thursday afternoon and decamped with cash and valuables worth several lakh rupees, police said.

Abida Begum, 55, was alone on the second floor of M-23 in Batla House when the robbery took place around 11:30 am. Her husband Mohammed Hussain had just left for his  shop in Sadar Bazaar.

“An unknown man had rang her door bell to ask for donation for running a madrasa in the vicinity. She asked him to come later when her husband would be at home and closed the doors. The youth, however, came back after 15 minutes with three other men,” a police official said.

They forcibly entered the house with guns and a knife, and tied Abida’s hands and legs, taped her mouth and locked her inside a room.

“Two of them held guns, while one had a knife. They searched the entire house for cash and jewellery for over an hour and left with valuables and some cash.

Abida was kept restricted in her room, so no neighbour heard any noise during the robbery. The robbers remained in the house from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm,” the official added.

Abida called for help at around 1:30 pm when she managed to untie the rope and removed the tape from her mouth. She opened a window in her room and shouted for help.

The neighbours rushed to rescue the 55-year-old woman and informed police. A case of robbery was later registered at Jamia Nagar police station.

“Sketches of the robbers are being prepared with the victim’s help. A manhunt has been initiated to nab the robbers,” the official said.

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