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5 armed men hold woman captive; loot cash, jewellery in Ludhiana

Police have booked five armed robbers who targeted the house of a realtor at Tagore Nagar and robbed Rs 8 lakh, 175gram gold jewellery and other valuables, after holding the woman captive on Wednesday.

punjab Updated: Nov 24, 2016 15:06 IST
HT Correspondent
A policeman investigating the crime spot at Tagore Nagar in Ludhiana on Thursday.
A policeman investigating the crime spot at Tagore Nagar in Ludhiana on Thursday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Police have booked five armed robbers who targeted the house of a realtor at Tagore Nagar and robbed Rs 8 lakh, 175gram gold jewellery and other valuables, after holding the woman captive on Wednesday.

Aparna, the victim, said that she was alone at her home, while her husband Roshan Lal was away at work. In the afternoon, two men holding sweet box in their hands knocked at the door. Impersonating as her husband’s friends, they said they have come to invite for a birthday party.

“I went inside the house to make a call to confirm from my husband. Within no time, the two unidentified men followed by their three accomplices, holding sharp-edged weapons, barged in and over powered me. They were asking about cash and money ,”said Aparna.

“I deliberately took them here and there in the house waiting for someone to come and rescue me, but they thrashed me for delaying. They snatched almirah keys and looted Rs 8 lakh in cash, including Rs 1 lakh in new banknotes, Rs 7 lakh in old currency, and 15 tola (175-gram) gold jewellery ,”she added.

In the meantime, her son Shreshth came home and raised an alarm after seeing strangers at home, following which the robbers fled the spot. On being informed, the police came there and initiated an investigation.

The police have scanned CCTVs installed in the area in which the robbers’ pictures were captured. The police also found out that robbers bought the sweetmeats from Haqiqat Sweet Shop near Old Dayanand Medical College and Hospital building. They were captured in the sweet shop’s CCTVs also.

Deputy commissioner of police (DCP, investigation) Bhupinder Singh Sidhu said that after scanning the CCTVs, police came to know that the robbers were travelling in the SUV bearing registration number of Gurdaspur district.

The DCP added that it is suspected that the robbers had information about the victim’s family and house. The police claimed to have clues about the robbers and will arrest them soon.