Five armed assailants stormed into a house, held its occupants hostage at gunpoint, and robbed the family of with cash and valuables amounting to more than Rs 6 lakh, in east Delhi on Sunday, police said.
According to police, the incident occurred around 10:15 pm at 35-year-old Manoj Gupta’s two-storey residence in Yamuna Vihar on Sunday night.
“We were getting ready to go to bed when five men who had their faces covered with handkerchiefs stormed in our house through the main door,” said Gupta who runs a desert coolers distribution company at Seelampurr.
“They were carrying what looked like country-made pistols.”
According to police, the assailants simply walked into the residence after Gupta’s mother, Vimla (68) stepped out for an evening walk with one of her grandchildren, leaving the main door unlocked behind her.
“They rounded up each of us from our rooms, made us sit on a bed in the drawing room and threatened to kill us if we didn’t cooperate,” said Gupta.
Police said the gang began ransacking the house immediately after Vimla returned.
“They were smart enough to wait till Vimla got back. As soon as she entered, she was made to join her family on the bed,” said a senior police officer.
According to police, two assailants then kept watch on the family as the other three ransacked the entire house.
“They were in no hurry and took their time in checking all probable places for any cash and valuables that they could find,” the officer said.
Police said one assailants then went to the first floor of the home, leaving his associates to keep an eye on the family.
“The precision with which the operation has been carried out points to the fact that there is an insider’s involvement. We have registered a case of robbery and efforts to apprehend the accused are underway.”