Armed men hold housewife hostage, ransack house
A 48-year-old housewife was bound, gagged and held hostage at gunpoint by a gang of four armed assailants for more than an hour as they ransacked her residence in southeast Delhi’s Batla House on Thursday morning.delhi Updated: Feb 10, 2012 00:36 IST
A 48-year-old housewife was bound, gagged and held hostage at gunpoint by a gang of four armed assailants for more than an hour as they ransacked her residence in southeast Delhi’s Batla House on Thursday morning.
According to police, the assailants entered Abida Begum’s third floor residence at Jamia Nagar’s M block on the pretext of asking for a donation for a neighbourhood madrasa at around 11.45am.
“The gang barged into her house minutes after Begum refused donation to a teenager. It seems that this is how the gang ascertained that no one else was at home,” said an officer investigating the incident.
Begum’s husband, Mohammad Aslam, who owns and operates a wholesale garments business in north Delhi’s Sadar Bazar, had left for his shop 10 minutes before the teenager appeared at the couple’s door.
“When the boys asked her for a donation, Begum told them to come later as her husband wasn’t home. Minutes later, when someone else came knocking around the time the milkman usually comes, Begum opened the main iron gate and unmindfully gave the gang enough time to enter,” said Hamid Ali, an RWA member.
Once inside, the gang pushed Begum onto a sofa and bound her arms with an electric iron’s chord before sealing her mouth with duct tape, police said.
It was only at 1pm - more than an hour after they had forcibly entered the house — that the gang finally fled and took jewellery estimated to be worth at least Rs 10 lakh with it.
Ali, who reached the spot and helped free Begum after she raised an alarm, said she was sweating severely and on the verge of fainting.
“We have registered a case of robbery,” the officer said.