In yet another reminder of how unsafe the city can be, three assailants sneaked into a senior sales manager’s residence in west Delhi, held his nine-year-old son hostage and fled with cash and valuables worth about Rs 10 lakh, early on Wednesday morning.
“The incident was reported from Rajan Lamba’s two-storey residence in Kirti Nagar’s H block at 6.30 am. Prima facie, the assailants seem to have gained entry by dismantling an iron grille on the ground floor,” said Sharad Aggarwal, deputy commissioner of police (west).
According to the police, while Lamba’s 75-year-old mother stays on the ground floor, he stays on the first floor with his wife Vandana, 42 and their son Aman, 9. Lamba is a senior sales manager at a Gurgaon-based IT firm.
“Rajan and Vandana were asleep when the assailants barged into their room around 5 am,” said a senior police officer, part of the investigation team.
“Initial investigation of the crime scene points to the fact that the assailants first ransacked a room located near their entry point for about half an hour. But when they couldn’t lay their hands on any cash or valuables, they got desperate and decided to take the child hostage,” said the officer.
Seeing their son in danger, police said, the couple handed over the keys to a cupboard containing all the family’s cash and valuables in their room and begged them to release Aman.
“But the men still didn’t let Aman go; while one of them kept him hostage, the other two ransacked the cupboard,” said DP Nagpal, Lamba’s uncle.
“We have registered a case of robbery at the Kirti Nagar police station and are investigating the matter,” DCP Aggarwal added.