Robbers loot lakhs at knifepoint in Shahdara

Hold three family members hostage, flee with cash

Three members of a family, including a four-year-old boy, were held hostage at knifepoint by masked robbers inside their house in north-east Delhi’s Shahdara on Tuesday. They decamped with cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees.

According to police, the robbery took place at 30-year-old businessman Arun Sharma’s house at Ram Nagar in Shahdara.

Arun stays with wife Anjali and four-year-old son Krishna on the ground floor, while other family members live on the first and second floors.

Arun’s elder brother Praveen, a 36-year-old civil engineer, was injured when he jumped from the first floor of the house to escape.

“It is alleged that the armed assailants entered the house at around 3.30 am. They were armed with knives and tied Arun’s hands and legs,” a police official said.

The robbers kept Krishna at knifepoint and forced Anjali to handover cash and jewellery. Arun claims that he had kept Rs 24,000 cash along with gold and silver jewellery worth lakhs of rupees.

After robbing Arun’s house, the armed men kept Anjali at knifepoint and locked
the house. She was taken towards the first floor residence of Arun’s elder brother Praveen.

“The men told Anjali to make excuses to ask Praveen’s family to open the door,” the official added. Praveen opened the door, but tried to flee on noticing the masked men. He jumped from the first floor and sustained fractures.

The robbers were forced to flee from the house due to alarm raised by Praveen. Police suspect that the accused gained entry into the house from an adjacent under-construction building.

Builder robbed

In a separate incident, a 53-year-old builder was robbed of Rs 3.75 lakh at gunpoint
at south west Delhi’s Najafgarh.

Suresh Kumar Singhal, a resident of Dipani Apartments at Pitampura, was carrying the money to pay to his employees when his car was waylaid on Saturday.

Police said Suresh left home with over Rs 4 lakh and paid Rs 30,000 to employees at a site near Delhi Jal Board office at Najafgarh.

“He along with his driver Amit was heading towards Old Kakrola Road when two men in a Hyundai i10 car waylaid his WagonR at around 3 pm,” a police official said.

Suresh claims the robbers were armed and took away a bag containing Rs 3.75 lakh.
“They also snatched their mobile phones because of which they could not inform police immediately,” the official added.

Separate cases of robbery have been lodged with Mansarovar Park and Najafgarh police stations.

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