Robbers overpower elderly couple; loot cash, jewellery

June 17th, 2009 - 12:00 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) A group of robbers Tuesday barged into a south Delhi home, tied its occupants - a 70-year-old man, his wife, 65, and two domestic helps - with ropes and decamped with Rs.800,000 in cash and jewellery worth Rs.1 million, police said.
The robbers, one of them masked, scaled the walls of Bala Ram’s Chhattarpur house around 2 a.m., police said, adding that they suspect an insider’s hand behind the heist as the robbers “knew the house in and out”.

Their number was not clear but police said they could be four while the family said there were seven or eight of them carrying firearms, knives and iron rods.

They held Bala Ram, his wife Lakshmi Devi and their two domestic helps, a male and female, hostage in the house. The robbers tied them with ropes and locked them in a room.

“They first attacked the unarmed guard, tied him with a rope. Then they proceeded to the domestic helps and the elders. All of them were tied with ropes and push in a room,” a police official said.

“We believe there is an insider hand in the incident and we have launched an investigations into the matter,” the officer said.

Bala Ram’s son Suraj Prakash and daughter-in-law Kiran Sharma and their two children had gone to Goa on vacations two days ago.

“It seems that the robbers knew the house inside out. The one who had muffled his face even knew the code of the electronic safe in the house and was aware where the keys were kept. They also knew that Suraj Prakash and his wife were vacationng in Goa,” said a policemen.

Police said the robbers fled with nearly Rs.800,000 cash and jewellery worth at least Rs.1 million. The family was still ascertaining the value of cash and jewellery. Bala Ram’s son was informed and was on his way to Delhi

Bala Ram’s son-in-law Balraj Kapoor told reporters that his in-laws somehow freed themselves after a while and informed his wife’s sister about the incident. The victims’ daughter then called up police.

“My father-in-law told me that they were seven-eight in numbers and were armed. The robbers roughed up them before tying them,” he said.

–Ind-Asian News Service


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