Held hostage at home by burglars,elderly man dies of cardiac arrest

A senior citizen died of a suspected cardiac arrest just minutes after his house was robbed by unidentified burglars on Tuesday.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published:January 25, 2012 12:53 am

A senior citizen died of a suspected cardiac arrest just minutes after his house was robbed by unidentified burglars on Tuesday. Rajendra Singh (88) was allegedly held hostage by robbers inside his Punjabi Bagh residence in West Delhi.

According to the police,Singh managed to free himself and knocked on his son’s room to inform him about the robbery. He then collapsed on the floor and was rushed to the nearby Maharaja Agrasen Hospital,where he was declared dead on arrival.

Police investigations have revealed that,on Tuesday morning around 5.15,the robbers entered the house from the back side and held Singh hostage inside his bedroom.

“The robbers tied Singh up with his turban and threatened him against raising an alarm. They took his mobile phone,laptop and cash and fled from the house after consuming dry fruits and soft drinks kept in the kitchen. Later,Singh freed himself and went to his son Inder Singh’s room,told him about the robbery and collapsed on the ground. Inder immediately alerted the police,who rushed to the spot and took Singh to the hospital. But he was declared brought dead,”said a police officer.

Singh resided at house number 27 near SD Public School in East Punjabi Bagh. At the time of the incident,his son was sleeping in the other room with his wife and two kids. Inder Singh in his statement to the police said four robbers had broken into the house. “We usually wake up at 6am. Our dog is too old and did not bark when the intruders came in. We got to know of the robbery only when my father came to our room and narrated the incident. He was in shock. We asked him to calm down but he collapsed. We then informed the police,” said Inder Singh.

There is a servant quarter on the first floor of the house,which has a separate entrance. Singh said the entry gate to the servant quarter is locked and they wake up the domestic help around 6.30 am,ruling out the servant’s direct involvement in the case.

The police have collected fingerprints and are questioning suspects. V Renganathan,Additional Commissioner of Police (West) said,“ We have registered a case of robbery and have formed teams to arrest the accused. We are awaiting the post-mortem report for registering a murder case. The deceased did not have any external injuries and the robbers were unarmed.”

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