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Dwarka house robbery: Two robbers who held family hostage arrested after shootout

The two were nabbed from the Uttam Nagar terminal area late on Saturday.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi |
Updated: July 12, 2021 7:39:19 am
A screengrab of the incident.

After a brief exchange of fire, police arrested two of the four robbers who held a family hostage at their Dwarka home and looted jewellery and Rs 8 lakh cash.

The two were nabbed from the Uttam Nagar terminal area late on Saturday.

Three rounds were fired, including two by police in self-defence, during the shootout in which one of the accused — Ankush Prasad (24) — sustained injuries on his right leg. He was taken to a nearby hospital.

His associate, Mukul Lal, who had come out of jail two months ago, was also arrested, police said.

On July 7, four armed assailants, posing as electricians, allegedly broke into the house of a property dealer in Dwarka, held his family hostage, and fled with Rs 8 lakh cash and jewellery.

“The men, wearing masks and carrying weapons, arrived on two scooters. They entered property dealer Vinod Lal’s house in his absence. One of them was wearing a helmet while the others wore caps,” a senior police officer said.

DCP (Dwarka) Santosh Kumar Meena said during investigation, police found that one of Lal’s employees, Dipanshu alias Vaasu, a resident of Sadar Bazar, was in constant touch with the accused and he was the one who provided information to them.

“We gathered more information and identified the four accused – Ankush, Mukul, Jitendra, and Javed. Jitendra and Javed are registered criminals from the Gulabi Bagh and Raghubir Nagar areas. All of them have a criminal background and had committed similar robberies. Dipanshu, too, was also involved in one such robbery,” he added.

“The special staff of Dwarka district received information on Saturday night that Ankush would come to Uttam Nagar terminal to meet his associate. Acting on this information, a trap was set. When the team spotted the accused arriving on a motorcycle at 1 am, he was asked to surrender but he tried to escape. He started shooting at the team; the team fired back in self-defence,” a senior police officer said.

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