If not for Neeraj’s presence of mind, the five armed robbers would have successfully escaped from bungalow number 3 in south Delhi’s posh DLF Farms on Thursday after drugging the guard and strangling a 38-year-old man as they ransacked the house.
Armed with knives, a pistol and cutters, the men put chloroform-soaked handkerchiefs to the noses of the elderly owners of the house, Kishan and Rashmi Gupta, the moment they entered the house, sources said. But the couple — both cancer patients— pretended to be unconscious for over two hours and held their breath intermittently as the men looted the house, treating themselves to juice, fruit and meat from the fridge, they added.
The driver, who alerted the police, encircled the bungalow with the help of locals and systematically informed the security guards posted at the entry-exit gates of DLF farms, ensuring that the men were not able to escape.
Speaking to HT, Neeraj said that he had come to drop his boss to the bungalow and as he reached the main gate, he honked but the security guard did not open the gate. He then stepped outside to open the gate himself and take the car inside.
“I knew something was amiss at that very moment as the security guard is very alert and does not go anywhere leaving the gate. After I dropped my boss, I returned to the gate to check if everything was fine. When I searched for him, I found him lying on the floor in a corner. I went to him and splashed water on his face to wake him up. It is then when he told me that five men have barged inside the house,” he said. He added, “The guard told me that he held his hands from behind and pointed a gun to his temple. One of them then put a handkerchief to his nose and after that he fell unconscious. He told me that the men were dangerous and that I should not go inside.”
Neeraj immediately informed his boss and also made a PCR call. While he was standing outside, making calls, he saw of the men coming out from the house. As soon as he saw Neeraj, he ran back inside. After a few minutes, two more men came out of the house and when Neeraj asked them who they were, they said that they had come to the house for some work.
“I asked them what were they doing inside the house so they said that Rohan sir had called them for some work. When I got suspicious, they ran inside the house. This reconfirmed my doubt and I called other drivers, my friends in the area for help. All of them came and we encircled the house. We also informed the colony guards and told them not to let anyone leave the premises and also check all cars,” he said.
The five men, however, managed to escape from the back gate of the house. Neeraj, then received a call from one of the security guards, who told him that they have stopped two persons who were trying to get out. After sometime, three more were stopped at a different gate.