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Robbery at gunpoint is common

india Updated: Jul 26, 2010 01:06 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Holding families hostage at gunpoint to rob them has become common in Gurgaon. In majority of the cases, the assailants walked away with valuables have escaped arrests.

Talking about the sudden rise in the crime graph in the past 15-20 days, Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Mittal said: “The crime rate has not gone much higher. We are trying to find whether a criminal gang had just been released from any jail in the NCR and striking all over. We have reports that a gang has similarly struck during the day in Noida and Faridabad, too, with same modus operandi. Today’s act could be from the same gang that has so far not been arrested.”

Earlier, too, criminals have struck the posher localities of DLF City and Sushant Lok, held families hostage and stayed long in houses before fleeing with the booty.

Most of the victims have been retired senior bureaucrats, executives and businessmen. In a robbery similar to Sunday's incident, a trader's family was held hostage on June 20, 2009 in their house near Sector 5 before the assailants took off with the booty. Then too, the robbers had threatened to kill the children.

An arrest is yet to be made in that case.