NEW DELHI: In a daring robbery, a 62-year-old jeweller was robbed of Rs.1.55 crore in cash by four young men on motorcycles outside his house at Ashok Vihar in North Delhi on Wednesday.
Carrying separate bags containing the cash, Puranchand Aggarwal and his daughter-in-law Jyoti were waiting for the car outside their house around 10 a.m. when two men carrying country-made pistols confronted them and snatched the bags.
Even before the jeweller and his daughter-in-law could react, the duo along with their two accomplices sped off on separate motorcycles parked at a stone’s throw from the house.
Mr. Aggarwal was going to the Patel Nagar branch of HDFC to deposit the cash when the shocking incident took place.
The cash was collected from sales proceeds, the police said.
Mr. Aggarwal owns “Bansal Jewellers” in Ashok Vihar Central Market and another jewellery shop in Sadar Bazar.
The police suspect that the robbers had been tipped-off about the movement of the jeweller.
Preliminary investigation suggested that the four culprits had assembled near a washer man’s shack outside the house well in advance. While two of them snatched the bags, their accomplices remained ready with the motorcycles.
“The robbers had not covered their faces. We are investigating the matter,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) N.S. Bundela.
In another incident reported during the day, a bag containing Rs.5 lakh in cash and some documents was stolen from inside a car in Mayapuri.
The theft took place when 40-year-old Pankaj Gupta was on his way to Anand Parbat from Janakpuri in his car in the afternoon. Mr. Gupta had reached “Mata Mandir” in Mayapuri when his car developed a flat tyre. He along with his employee was busy replacing the tyre, when someone made off with his bag lying on the front seat of the car.
Mr. Gupta owns a cables factory.