Archana Gupta's courage was exemplary. The 45-year-old resident of Vasundhara Sector 14 in Ghaziabad foiled a robbery attempt at her house on Thursday evening. In her struggle with the six-armed men, Gupta suffered 18 stitches on her face.
Six men decided to target Gupta’s Sector 14 house. Around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, while Gupta and her 12-year-old daughter Kanika were home, three men barged into the house and three waited outside.
“They tried to overpower me and my daughter who ran into another room and locked herself up. I immediately realised their intention and caught hold of one of them. They started beating me as I did not let them go towards the room where valuables were kept,” Gupta told Hindustan Times.
Her daughter immediately called up her father who works as an Associate Professor at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie.
The husband contacted the police while the mother was engaged in a struggle with the three robbers.
“They slammed the butts of their weapons into her face when they couldn’t control her. I am amazed and still can’t believe that she fought with three armed men single-handedly,” M.L. Gupta, her husband who arrived from Mussoorie, told HT. Her three children said they were very proud of their mother.
By the time the police arrived, the three men had managed to flee on their Bajaj Pulsar bikes with their three other accomplices who were waiting outside the house.
“She has shown extraordinary courage and presence of mind during the robbery attempt. She shouted and told her daughter in the other room to call up her father. But it is really shameful that while the six men were fleeing, there were at least 25 men outside the house. They just looked on. She came out of the house, bleeding profusely but none dared to stop the robbers,” said SP (City) Anant Dev.
The police have registered a case under sections 393, 323 of the IPC at Indirapuram police station. They have also rounded up several persons in this connection.