In a third robbery in less than a week, six armed men on Friday struck at a house in east Delhi and escaped with cash and valuables valued at over Rs 50,000, after injuring and locking up the residents in a room, the police said.
In the latest incident, the robbers wearing black masks entered the house of Durga Prasad in Jawala Nagar area of Vivek Vihar at around 2 am, and putting gun at their three-year-old daughter Bhumi, looted their valuables.
Durga Prasad and his wife Geeta were injured in the scuffle with the robbers.
According to the police, two robbers armed with pistols, knives and rods took positions at the gate of Prasad's house, while four others entered the first floor of the house, where he was sleeping with his family.
The police said Prasad woke up from his sleep due to noise and raised an alarm. In the process, his wife and daughter also woke up.
"The robbers in panic hit Prasad and his wife, and held their daughter at gunpoint. They asked for the locker keys and threatened to kill the child," said a police official.
After robbing them of Rs 13,000 cash and jewellery worth Rs 40,000, the robbers snatched Prasad's mobile phone, disconnected their landline phone and locked them inside their house so that they could not call for any assistance.
Prasad, 45, runs a welding shop at the ground floor of his house.
The police said Prasad somehow managed to connect the phone lines and called for help. They were rushed to a nearby hospital with head injuries sustained during scuffle with the robbers.
"We have registered a case and are investigating the matter. We have taken the details from the victims and have dispatched teams to catch the accused," said a police official.
Last Monday, residents of two houses in east Delhi's Krishna Nagar area were similarly robbed.