The Chopra's act of kindness was rewarded with betrayal by the person who they had given shelter to. The man and his cohorts held the family hostage, robbed them of cash and valuables and misbehaved with two girls in the house.
It all began when a man, shouting for help, ran into the Chopras’ residence in J Block of RBI colony in Paschim Vihar.
“The person turned out to be one of the robbers who, he had told the family, were ‘chasing him’. Within minutes, five others barged in, took the family hostage and robbed them,” said Sharad Aggarwal, deputy commissioner of police (west).
The incident was reported around 1.30 pm Friday. The house belongs to Bhagirath Chopra (65), who retired from the RBI.
“Chopra was present in the house with his granddaughters when the robbers barged in. His daughter in law Alka, who runs a beauty parlour from the ground floor of the house, was also there,” said a senior police officer.
“Alka was the first hostage. Chopra and his grand daughters were told to come downstairs where they too were held hostage,” said the officer.
Police said they have registered a case of robbery. “The robbers stayed in the house for an hour, looting and ransacking. They even misbehaved with my cousins and used dirty language against them,” said Saurabh Chopra, a relative of the family.