Armed robbers went on a rampage of sorts in west Delhi on Sunday night. They first took a family hostage and then robbed a shopkeeper after allegedly attacking him.
According to the police, the two incidents happened within 20 minutes. All of the incidents were reported from Uttam Nagar area.
Family held hostage
Four armed men first struck at the house of Gurnam Singh (50), a goldsmith. According to police, Singh's wife Surinder Kaur (48) was at home with their 23-year-old daughter. According to deputy commissioner of police (west) V Renganathan, the assailants followed their 13-year-old son who had taken their dog out for a walk.
"While he was entering the house, a man pushed the boy and barged into the house," said the DCP.
Two of the assailants allegedly held the family hostage while two ransacked the house while the others stood guard.
"However, there was not much at home and they made away with whatever pieces of jewellery they could find," the DCP said.
According to police, the four assailants were medium built and had covered their faces.
After escaping from Singh's house, the four assailants ran towards the main road.
There they zeroed in on a shopkeeper who was closing down for the day.
"The assailants saw a medical shop owner, 33-year-old Hari Krishan, was closing down when they surrounded and attacked him," said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
When Krishan resisted they first slashed his hand with a knife and shot one round in air to scare him, said police.
The robbers got away with Rs 5,070 and ran from the place after local residents started to gather at the spot.