Doctor’s wife, mom robbed at gunpoint

November 05, 2014 02:39 am | Updated 02:39 am IST - CHENNAI:

In a daring robbery, allegedly at gunpoint, two men took away Rs. 3.5 lakh and gold jewellery weighing 75 sovereigns from the residence of a cardiologist in Anna Nagar East on Tuesday evening.

The robbers gagged and tied up the cardiologist’s wife and elderly mother before making away with the valuables.

According to the Anna Nagar police, the armed robbery took place at the bungalow of R. Anandan, cardio-thoracic surgeon with M.R. Hospital in Aminjikarai, on 15 Street, Q Block, Anna Nagar East, around 4.50 p.m. The doctor was not at home.

“Two men, who spoke in Hindi, came to the doctor’s house in a car and barged into the drawing room on the ground floor, brandishing a pistol,” said an investigating officer.

The suspects threatened the women into silence before looting the house. Struck with fear, the doctor’s wife directed the robbers to the safe on the ground floor, which contained over Rs. 3.5 lakh, and also to the 75 sovereigns of gold placed in an almirah on the first floor.

The duo gagged and tied up both women before slipping away, said the officer. It is however suspected the women were threatened at gunpoint, though the police refused to confirm this.

The incident came to light only after Dr. Anandan returned home around 5.40 p.m. after the day’s work. He informed the police. The Anna Nagar police team rushed to the spot and carried out investigations.

After news of the robbery leaked out, police personnel did not allow mediapersons anywhere near the crime scene, and refused to divulge any additional information.

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