Eight armed assailants allegedly broke into a house in East of Kailash, held the family hostage at gunpoint and made off with cash and jewellery worth Rs 17 lakh. The family claimed the robbers even had refreshments.
Suresh Chutani (58), his wife, Raj (55), and daughter Ashi (31) were held at gunpoint in their South Delhi house on Wednesday night.
The men had also roughed up the elderly couple with Raj suffering several bruises on her face, neck and knee.
The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Chutani's ground floor residence at East of Kailash, opposite Sapna Cinema. The Chutanis had moved into the two-bedroom house eight months ago.
Suresh Chutani is a former Deputy Mayor from a municipal corporation in Haryana. The family is originally from Palwal district in Haryana.
“Eight men barged into our house through a window leading directly to my room by neatly removing a glass,” said Ashi, who had a gun pointed to her forehead throughout the ordeal.
“They tied my hands with a towel, my mother’s with her chunni and father's with his muffler and warned to kill me if anyone made a noise. They had three pistols, two butchers' knives and an iron rod.”
The family said the men, who seemed to be in their 20s, had covered their faces with handkerchiefs and addressed each other with numbers.
“They first removed all the blunt objects in the house and asked my father for his gun,” said Ashi.
She said the ‘gang’ must have been monitoring her father for sometime since he used to wear his imported, licenced revolver whenever he went out.
“As three men kept watch on us, their accomplices went to work — bagging whatever they could find in the two rooms. They even offered to make tea for us and helped themselves to refreshment drinks from our fridge as they counted the cash,” she alleged.
The family has alleged that the local police pressurised them to tone down the grievousness of the offence to make it look like theft.
“They (the police) said they would register a case of theft and not dacoity. But this isn’t the truth,” said Ashi.
Additional Commissioner of Police Virendra Singh Chail claimed otherwise.
“It is a clear-cut case of robbery, so how can we register it as theft? I visited the family myself.”
The family also claimed that the robbers were aware of the police's patrolling schedule and left only around 4:30 a.m.