A five-member gang assaulted an aged couple and looted Rs. 5.5 lakh in cash and 2.5 kg gold jewellery from their house in HSR Layout police station limits here on Tuesday afternoon.

Posing as washing machine repairmen, the gang knocked at the doors of septuagenarian landlord Rami Reddy’s house in Kaikondanahalli. When his wife Jayamma opened the door, the gang pushed her inside the house and gagged her. The gang members also gagged Mr. Reddy, a former Zilla Panchayat member, as he came out of the bathroom, the police said.

The gang grabbed the keys of the cupboard from Mr. Reddy and took away the cash and jewellery. After the gang escaped, the elderly couple came out of their house and told their neighbours of the robbery.

Mr. Reddy has rented out several buildings in the area. The HSR Layout police, who have registered a case of dacoity, said that someone familiar with his wealth had committed the crime.

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