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Armed men rob cash, jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh from mourners

delhi Updated: Jun 29, 2010 23:08 IST

Five armed men barged into the house of a garment trader on Tuesday and held hostage his family and others, who had gathered for a condolence meeting for his grandfather's death, before decamping with jewellery and cash worth Rs 15 lakh, police said on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at around 12.20 pm in a posh colony in northwest Delhi's Saraswati Vihar at the house of Dipak Khanija, who runs a ready made garment showroom in Jasola.

He had organised a condolence meeting for his grandfather Kundan Lal's death at his residence.

He along with his wife and children had gone to Rani Bagh for some purchases while his parents, grandmother and nearly 20 relatives who had come to attend the condolence meeting were at the home when the incident took place, they said.

Five men barged into the house of which three of them were armed with pistols. They threatened to kill if anybody raised an alarm, a senior police official said.

"The robbers locked all the entrance and exit doors of house and then asked women to part with the jewellery they were wearing," the official said.

Khanija's father who was held hostage on gunpoint by a robber was standing near the entrance door of a bedroom and somehow managed to push the robber and lock himself in the room.

He immediately made a call to police, following which the robbers escaped from the spot, the official said.

Investigations are underway, he added.