A gang of five held a woman’s two granddaughters, aged 7, at gunpoint as she helpless watched them loot cash and jewellery worth Rs 50 lakh from her house in Ludhiana district on Sunday.
Lad Kaur told police the men barged into the house at Partap Singh Wala area on Humbran road around 2.30 pm when four maids and a driver were present. She said she did not raise the alarm as four robbers held the children hostage and the fifth remained on guard outside.
Kaur said the robbers also thrashed the driver and tried to flee in her car, but they failed as the vehicle did not start off. Kaur said she was too scared to call the cops even after the robbers left, because they had threatened to kill the children if she did so.
The police rushed to the house after being called by one of Kaur’s relatives and filed a case against unidentified men. They said the house had a CCTV camera installed but the robbers took away the recording device. Station house officer of Haibowal police station, sub-inspector Jarnail Singh, said the robbers will be arrested soon.
Kaur and her family moved to Ludhiana from Mumbai only two weeks ago. Her two daughters have gone back.