Robbers targeted two traders in two different incidents on Wednesday.
Four assailants struck at the shop of a businessman in Adarsh Nagar in Northwest Delhi on Wednesday afternoon and looted Rs 22 lakh after holding the staff hostage at gunpoint, police said.
The police said that the assailants allegedly tied up the staff and locked them inside in a storeroom before making good their escape with the looted cash.
The police were informed after another employee of the shop, who had gone out for some work, returned around 3:00 pm and freed the staff.
“The victim, Prem Chand, runs his shop in D-Block on Rajan Babu road in the area. His son Kishan, son-in-law Deepak and one employee were in the shop when the incident took place ,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorized to speak to the media.
First, two people came to the shop on the pretext of asking an address. Later, two more men with pistols barged in and held them captive. “They told us that the robbers fled with the Rs 22 lakh in cash that was kept in the chest,” the officer said.
A crime branch team visited the spot as well.
The police said they had registered an FIR and further investigations were on.
In another robbery, unidentified burglars barged into the bungalow of an undergarment merchant and decamped with cash and jewellery worth around Rs 45 lakh in North Delhi’s Roop Nagar area on Wednesday morning.
Police said the victim, Sudarshan Jain, stays in Shakti Nagar with his family. While Jain and his wife and children live on the first floor, his mother lives alone on the ground floor.
The police said the burglary took place on the ground floor, which was vacant some days as Jain’s mother has gone to meet some relatives in Chennai.
The police said the domestic help discovered the robbery.
“The domestic help had gone to clean the ground floor residence in the morning when he found the house ransacked. He raised an alarm and informed his master, who in turn made a PCR call,” said a senior police officer.
A case of theft has been registered.