Armed robbers hold sisters hostage, flee with cash, jewellery

  • | Monday | 11th December, 2023

Ghaziabad: Armed robbers broke into a house in Tronica City, took two sisters hostage at gunpoint, tied their hands with ropes and locked them up in a room before fleeing with Rs 1.5 lakh in cash and jewellery worth Rs 10,000 on Saturday, said police. At 5 pm, a man allegedly entered the house on the pretext of gathering information about an adjacent plot, with others following him inside.House owner Rajkumar, who sells ice in a market in Delhi, and his son, a factory worker in Loni, had left for work. His wife had gone out to buy medicines for their daughter, Mamta (19), a mental health patient. Mamta was sleeping in her room while her 10-year-old sister, Manshi, opened the door. Chandni, their 25-year-old sister, was coming down the stairs from the first floor when the men brandished their guns."They took two of my daughters hostage at gunpoint and locked them in the room where Mamta was sleeping. They tied their hands and told them they would not harm them if they did not raise their voices. They threatened to kill everyone otherwise, Rajkumar told TOI. They snatched the earrings my three daughters were wearing. They also took cash from the locker where we had collected money for treating Mamta and getting Chandni married. It all took 10 minutes. When my wife reached the house, they had fled. She found our daughters with their hands tied in ropes, he said. Based on a complaint by Chandni, police filed an FIR against three unidentified men under IPC section 392 (robbery). "Three teams are investigating the matter. We are also checking the footage from nearby cameras, said Loni ACP Suryabali Maurya.The family, however, is not happy with the police work. Rajkumar claimed the family contacted the cops at 5.20pm, but they reached the house at 6pm and refused to register a case under dacoity. According to law, when more than four persons (five or up) are involved in an armed robbery in a house, police have to register the case as dacoity. A total of six people were involved. Three were on the ground floor as two others searched for valuables on the first floor while a sixth kept watch outside the house. When the cops came, we mentioned all this and gave it in writing. But later, Chandni gave a new complaint that did not have the details, Rajkumar said.However, the ACP said police registered the FIR as per the victim.

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