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Robbers hold East Delhi family hostage,flee with valuables

Three unidentified men robbed a house of cash and valuables in Rishabh Vihar,East Delhi,on Tuesday afternoon.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
June 29, 2011 12:48:40 am

Three unidentified men robbed a house of cash and valuables in Rishabh Vihar,East Delhi,on Tuesday afternoon. The house owner,cloth trader Lajpat Rai Jain,was away at work when the incident occurred,police said,adding that his wife,Veena Jain (53),daughter Deepika Jain (25) and four-year-old niece Pari were present.

The men allegedly tied up and assaulted the two women before locking them in a room. Then they ransacked the three-storey house over a period of one hour.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Prabhakar said,“Around 2.45 pm,three men forced their way into the house and robbed the place of cash,jewellery and mobile phones,among other things.”

According to police,one of the three rang the doorbell,pretending to be a courier agent. His accomplices stood outside the gate. Veena,a housewife,said that as soon as she opened the door,the man gagged her with his hand and held a knife to her throat. “The three men were armed with knives and a gun. Soon after entering the house,they started kicking and punching us. They told us that they would kill us if we screamed.”

“They then told us to hand over our mobile phones,and the jewellery we were wearing. They forced us to tell them where the money was kept,before tying and locking us up in a room. They even cut my foot and threatened to kill Pari who — fortunately — slept through the whole incident.” Police said the value of valuables and cash stolen was still being ascertained,and sketches of the robbers were being prepared.

Prabhakar said,“The three men initially did not wear masks,but one of them later tied a piece of cloth over his face. But the two women managed to get a good look at them,and they are currently helping us prepare sketches.”

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