A couple was beaten to death and two of their relatives, including a woman and a minor, allegedly gangraped after being held hostage by five armed robbers in Dhingeri village of Tauroo in Mewat, 45 kilometers from Gurgaon, on Wednesday night.
Police said the assailants locked both the rape victims inside the house before running away with valuables including cash, jewellery and a two-wheeler.
The incident was reported only after one of the family members managed to flee and informed villagers.
One of the rape victims, 22, told police on Thursday that around 4-5 armed men barged into the two houses, which are located near leased farms in Dhingeri village, at midnight.
“They tied the family members with a cloth inside a room and beat them up with rods and sticks. Then they gangraped me and my 15-year-old cousin,” said the complainant, who is married. She told police that the assailants were armed with country-made pistols and ransacked the house looking for valuables.
“They left at 3am after locking us inside the house,” she told police.
The elderly couple died in the hospital. Besides two other family members were also injured in the incident, police said.
Police said the leased land where the family lived is owned by a Delhi resident.
Based on the complaint, police have lodged a case under section 459 (grevious hurt), 460 (trespass), 376 D (gangrape) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and the Arms Act.
“Primarily it appears to be a case of rape and murder during robbery. We are investigating the case,” said police spokesperson. All accused are absconding, he said.