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