Seven held for robbing elderly woman

They barged into her south Delhi house with weapons, said police

Seven men were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly robbing an elderly woman after barging into her house with weapons in south Delhi’s Sainik Farms, the police said.

Five of the accused are residents of Delhi, while two are from Uttar Pradesh.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vijay Kumar said that victim Kiran, a resident of Western Avenue in Sainik Farms, in her complaint to the police said that on the intervening night of December 22and Sunday, four robbers had barged into her house with weapons. They had tied the hands and legs of a guard sleeping inside the farmhouse and locked him inside a room.

The accused then started breaking open the door at the main entrance of the house. On hearing the noise, another servant, Sunil Kumar Rai, who was sleeping on the ground floor, came out and tried to prevent them for entering the house. However, they managed to barged into the house, the official said.

They entered into the room of the elderly woman and threatened to kill her if she would not hand over the keys of almirah to them, Mr. Kumar added.

They looked for cash and jewellery in the house. Meanwhile, Ramesh Yadav, a cook, managed to escape from the house through an exhaust vent and rushed to Neb Sarai police station to report the matter, he said.

The arrested accused were identified as Javed (28) from Devli village; Lalit (26), a resident of Khanpur; Pankaj (26), a resident of Ghaziabad; Sachin (18), a resident of Gautam Budh Nagar in UP; Suraj (25), a resident of Madangir; and Rohit (27) and Rajpal (28), both residents of Sangam Vihar here.

During the investigation, the police analysed the CCTV footage of nearby areas. The police team had first managed to apprehend Rohit, who revealed the identity of the rest of the accused, Mr. Kumar said.

After analysing various call detail records, the accused were traced in Pul Prahladpur and were subsequently nabbed.

The seven men committed robberies during the night and targeted elderly people.

They had decamped with ₹2 lakh and some silver jewellery in the recent robbery, the DCP said. They had also stolen 15-16 bottles of expensive wines from the house. The men had come to the farmhouse in an auto-rickshaw, which was parked about a km away from the spot. A loaded revolver, one chopper, two knives, a watch, seven expensive garments along with three pairs of branded shoes and ₹40,000 have been recovered, the police said.

Meanwhile, three policemen have been suspended for their negligence as they had gone to catch the robbers without weapons after the matter was reported to them.

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