Five men hold biz­man and fam­ily at gun­point, rob them of 40 lakh

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Rob­bers posing as civil ser­vices as­pi­rants look­ing for a rented house en­tered the house of a busi­ness­man in Mukher­jee Na­gar, held his fam­ily mem­bers hostage, and took away Rs 40 lakh in cash and valu­ables. They tied up the busi­ness­man’s wife and son and locked them in a room. They threat­ened him with weapons and forced him to open the draw­ers and almi­rahs where he kept the valu­ables. Be­fore leav­ing, they locked the door from the out­side and fled.

The men were cap­tured by a CCTV cam­era, but their faces were found to be cov­ered with hand­ker­chiefs. The in­ci­dent took place on Wed­nes­day in Par­manand Colony when the busi­ness­man, Rakesh Mit­tal, was about to leave for work at his fac­tory in Sa­may­pur Badli. Mit­tal owns a plas­tic sheet man­u­fac­tur­ing unit. He told the cops that around 9.15am, a man knocked at the door of his apart­ment. When his 20-year-old son opened the door, he asked about Mit­tal’s where­abouts and claimed that he wanted to in­quire about tak­ing the apart­ment on rent. Hear­ing him, Mit­tal stepped out, fol­low­ing which five men forced their way into the house.

They pointed pis­tols at the fam­ily and asked them to gather in a room. They tied up Mit­tal’s wife, son and the house­hold help and asked Mit­tal to hand over the keys to their locker. They stuffed jew­ellery and cash from th­ese lock­ers into a bag. Dur­ing this, two of them kept a watch on the fam­ily while athird per­son pointed a pis­tol at Mit­tal.

After tak­ing the money, the men tied Mit­tal up and left after lock­ing the door from out­side. Another house­hold help later reached the house and found the door locked from the out­side. When she opened it, she found Mit­tal tied up and alerted the oth­ers. After his hands were un­tied, Mit­tal in­formed the po­lice about the in­ci­dent around 2pm.

He told the cops that the men seemed to be around 20-30 years of age. Mit­tal owns another house in the lo­cal­ity and rents out the apart­ment above his ex­ist­ing home for stu­dents.

He also has 3-4 house­hold helps who work at the fac­tory. A case has been reg­is­tered and a probe is on to iden­tify the ac­cused. The role of some­one known to Mit­tal has not been ruled out. Cops are look­ing for for­mer em­ploy­ees and house­hold helps who might be aware of Mit­tal’s busi­nesses.

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