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Robbers hold baby hostage, decamp with gold

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, February 21, 2014
First Published: 18:39 IST(21/2/2014) | Last Updated: 18:42 IST(21/2/2014)

Two men broke into a house in Basti Jodhewal here on Thursday night and robbed its owners of 250-gram gold worth Rs. 7.5 lakh, after holding their baby daughter hostage at gunpoint. 

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The victims have alleged that the robbers entered their house in Basti Jodhewal's Jain Colony from the roof when they were asleep at night, and took their daughter hostage and forced them to give the gold.

However, the police are suspecting the claims and are yet to register a case. Rajiv Sharma, the complainant who also has an embroidery workshop on the ground floor of his house, alleged that his wife was sleeping with his baby daughter on the second floor of his house, while he was sleeping on the first floor with his mother, as his father was not home, when the incident  took place at around 2.5am.

His wife, Seema Sharma, claimed that two men with their faces covered entered her room and got hold of their daughter, and then asked her to give the gold or they would shoot the girl.

Once she handed them the gold, the robbers asked Seema to remain quiet and fled the spot. However, she could not explain how they escaped. Thereafter, Seema raised the alarm, following which her husband Rajiv came to the room and saw his wife trembling out of fear. 

"I immediately informed the police and called neighbours for help," Rajiv said.

Seema has told the police that the robbers were also wearing gloves and speaking in Punjabi. Inspector Sukhdev Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Basti Jodhewal police station, said the entry door of the house was locked.

"The family suspects that the robbers might have entered the hosue from the roof. We investigated the matter, but did not make any headway," he said. "We will investigate the matter thoroughly before lodging a complaint," he added.

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