A gang of unidentified assailants broke into the northeast Delhi residence of an 80-year-old woman, held her and her grandson hostage at knifepoint and fled with cash and gold jewellery worth lakhs of rupees on Wednesday evening, police said.
The incident happened at 6:15 pm, when the victim, Nanhi Begum and her grandson Ibrahim, 8, were alone at their Seemapuri residence, police said.
“Begum’s daughter, Mushral, had gone to drop her 17-year-old daughter Farin to her tuition class. When she returned after half an hour, she found the main door locked from outside,” said an officer.
Mushral ran inside and searched one room after another but couldn’t find either her mother or her youngest child. She found them with their hands tied and mouths taped inside the washroom.
The police were informed and a team rushed to the spot. Begum said the assailants had come inside almost immediately after Mushral had left.
“They rang the doorbell and when Begum opened the door, she saw three men holding knives, who forced their way into the house. They made her and her grandson sit down. Two of them tied their hands and feet and gagged their mouths, while the third went about ransacking the house,” said the officer.
Police said they were ascertaining the exact value of the items robbed.
A case of robbery has been registered at the Seemapuri police station. Investigations are under way.
Soon after they reached the spot, police sent Begum and here grandson to a nearby government hospital where they were given medical assistance.
“Fortunately, both have received only superficial injuries and were discharged after being administered minor first aid,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, Mushral told police that she had called her mother, who stays in the adjacent Dilshad Garden area, to stay at her Seemapuri home since her daughter’s board exams are underway.
Police said that they have rounded-up several suspects, including some local goons.