A 92-year-old retired government officer and his domestic help were allegedly assaulted, tied up and held hostage at knifepoint by two robbers who barged into the senior citizen’s house in southeast Delhi’s Greater Kailash area Friday afternoon, said police.
The robbers allegedly fled with Rs 30,000 cash and jewellery worth around Rs 26.5 lakh, police added. Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP (southeast district), said retired government officer Khairati Lal Khanna was in the house in N-Block along with his domestic help Ramchander when the robbers struck.
Khanna’s wife lives with their daughter in Los Angeles and recently came to Delhi to meet him, said sources. She went back to the US about 10 days ago, the sources added. Khanna’s son and daughter-in-law have gone out of the city, said police.
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“At about 2 pm, two persons rang the bell of the house and informed Ramchander that Mr Agarwal from Vasant Vihar had sent a bouquet for his employer. When he opened the door, one of the two men pushed him and overpowered him after whipping out a knife,” said Randhawa.
The two suspects allegedly locked the door from inside and overpowered Khanna as well, said a police officer. “They started beating Khanna when he tried to raise an alarm. The suspects tied Khanna and Ramchander’s hands behind their backs and ransacked the house before fleeing with the cash and jewellery.”
Soon after, Khanna became unconscious and Ramchander somehow managed to open his knot and screamed for help, said sources. Neighbours came to their aid, the sources added. “Police received a call at about 2.25 pm and a team rushed to the spot. The two men were taken to AIIMS Trauma Center, where they are recuperating,” said the officer. Police have registered a case on the basis of Ramchander’s statement. Police said no CCTV cameras were installed outside the house, but they have recovered footage from cameras at the entrance gate of the colony.