Three youths reportedly took away Rs 70,000 in cash and jewellery worth Rs 40 lakh from a house at Sector 7 here on Thursday after holding a woman and her eight-month-old child as hostage.
Two youths, posing as smart card officials, entered the house and asked Sakshi Modi to fill in a form. As she was filling in the form, the two asked for water. Sakshi closed the door and went inside to get water.
When she came back, the youths pointed a knife at her. The third youth was keeping guard outside the house. In the meantime, Sakshi's mother-in-law returned from the temple. When she found the door bolted from inside, she raised the alarm, following which the youths fled the spot.
As the youths were fleeing with the jewellery and cash towards the Sector-7 market, a few people chased them. One of the youths fell down, following which people beat him up and tore off his clothes. Though he tried to attack them with a knife, he was overpowered.
He has been identified as Arun, a resident of Manimajra. Later, Deepak, another youth, was also arrested. The police recovered a car and a knife from him. The third youth, Lucky, is still at large.
DSP Dheeraj Setia said, "We have registered a case. Jewellery and cash have been recovered from them. The investigation is on." Sakshi's husband Nitin Modi, a financier, on February 16 had complained to the police that five youths had tried to kidnap him from Sector 5.
As he tried to flee, Rs 1 lakh had fallen from his pocket. Following this he raised the alarm and the kidnappers had fled the scene. The police had registered a case.