Five men struck at three houses in Sahibabad area in the interim night between Friday and Saturday and made away with cash and valuables from the last two houses, along with a car, police said.
According to the police, the same group seems to have been involved in the three incidents.
At the first house targeted, the men allegedly stabbed a senior citizen, but failed to take anything as he managed to raise an alarm. The incident occurred in Sector 3 in Rajendra Nagar.
The victim, 80-year-old MK Tyagi, was allegedly stabbed on his shoulder, neck and face. According to his family, he had woken up at around 1.30 am to switch off the room cooler when he heard someone in the drawing room.
“When my grandfather went to the drawing room, he saw five men and tried to raise the alarm. However, one of them covered his mouth and put a knife to his neck. He told him that they would kill him if he made a noise. However, my grandfather till screamed, which woke me up,” said Somya Tyagi, the victim’s granddaughter.
The five men then allegedly attacked the senior citizen and fled the house.
“We raised an alarm, waking up some of the neighbours who tried to catch them. However, they later told us the men had oil smeared on them due to which they couldn’t be grabbed. We called up the police who reached within five minutes. We then took my grandfather to the hospital,” she said.
She added that the five men were in vests and undergarments. They had covered their faces and carried big, black backpacks. They were found to have entered the house by breaking the iron grill of the main gate.
In the second incident, at around 2.30 am, the same group allegedly entered another house in the same locality and decamped with the owner’s car worth Rs.7 lakh and Rs.45,000 cash from the house.
“I woke up around 2.30 am and found that my room’s door was locked from outside. When I shouted, I found that my brother’s room was also locked from outside. I broke open the lock and came out to find the drawing room ransacked and our car missing,” said the victim Anil Tomar.
In the third incident, the men allegedly stole Rs.2 lakh in cash and jewellery worth Rs.4 lakh from a house in Bhopura.
“At around 4 am, I found that my room’s door was locked from outside. The burglars had broken the grill of the main gate to enter the house,” said Pawan Kasana, the victim. He too had to break his door’s lock to get out.
“All three incidents occurred in the same manner. Hence, the same gang seems to be involved. We are investigating the case and will nab them soon. FIRs have been lodged in all three cases under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code,” said Ashish Srivastava, circle officer (border).