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Doctor, wife tied up and robbed at knifepoint in their Lonavala house by armed gang

Multiple teams of Pune rural police have launched a manhunt for the suspects who were at least 10 in number.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: June 18, 2021 10:27:47 am
The dacoits entered the first-floor house by climbing up an open window, the police said

A 75-year-old doctor and his 68-year-old wife were tied up and robbed by a gang of robbers, who looted them of cash and jewellery worth nearly Rs 66 lakh at knifepoint in Lonavala in Pune district in the early hours of Thursday. Multiple teams of Pune Rural Police have launched a manhunt for the gang, which had at least 13 members.

According to the information given by Pune Rural Police officials, the gang of robbers struck around 1 am when Dr Hiralal Khandelwal and his wife Vijaya were asleep in the first floor of their house while their three staffers were in their ground floor clinic.

Inspector Dilip Pawar, of Lonavala Town police station, said, “Preliminary probe suggests that the dacoits entered the first-floor of the house by climbing up to an open window. We now know that six of them had entered the house, while some others were outside the building to keep a watch. Dr Khandelwal and his wife were tied up and gagged, and the dacoits looted the couple of their cash and jewellery at knifepoint. They have told us that the dacoits decamped with cash of Rs 50 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 16 lakh.”

Some time after the dacoits fled around 3 am, the incident was reported to police. Additional Superintendent with Pune Rural Police, Vivek Patil, said, “We have launched a search for the suspects and multiple teams from the local police station and Local Crime Branch are working on available leads.”

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Lonavala Division, Navneet Kanvat said, “Based on the investigation into the available footage from security cameras in the area, we have concluded that there were at least 13 persons in the gang of robbers. We are trying to figure out their entry and exit routes and the mode of transport used by them. While the elderly couple were both tied up and gagged, neither sustained any serious injuries.”

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