Family robbed of Rs 5 lakh at 'gunpoint'

Family robbed of Rs 5 lakh at 'gunpoint'

Five members of a family, including three children, were held hostage at ‘gunpoint’ in their house and robbed by four men posing as BSES employees at east Delhi’s Anand Vihar on Thursday.

The assailants decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh.

Police said the incident took place at the house of Pankaj Aggarwal, a businessman, at around 2.30 pm. Pankaj lives with wife Bhawna and children at Surajmal Vihar.

In guise of BSES men

Pankaj told police that the assailants gained a friendly entry into the house claiming they had come to check the BSES metre.

“However, they soon overpowered the family members and locked the main door of the house. They then held the family at gunpoint,” said a senior police officer.

“We, however, suspect that the men brandished a toy pistol,” added the officer.

“The assailants were carrying a pistol and threatened to kill if we refused to handover money,” Pankaj said.

The robbers allegedly assaulted Bhawna and tied up her 14-year-old son Naman. They locked other family members in the washroom before fleeing.

“The men were wearing gloves and were apparently familiar with Pankaj’s whereabouts and movements,” the officer added. A case of robbery was lodged with Anand Vihar police station.