Eight robbers held hours after Rs 80 lakh heist in Delhi

Acting swiftly, police arrested eight members of a gang of 12 robbers who barged into a house in Vijay Enclave in Dabri, held a family of five hostage at gunpoint and robbed them of Rs 70-80 lakh cash and jewellery early on Wednesday.

Within 24 hours of the robbery, the police arrested eight robbers in multiple raids and recovered Rs 52 lakh cash and jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh from them. Efforts were on to nab others, senior officers said.

The arrested men are Ola drivers Ashish Chaudhary (29) and Rahul Chauhan (28), Dipanshu Singh (28), Karan (26), a lab technician in Gurugram, Abhishek Sharma (23), a bartender, Manoj Gupta (32), Radhey Shyam (39) and Ajay (37) who works at a cargo clearing company at IGI Airport.

According to the police, they got a call about a robbery at house number A13 in Vijay Enclave. The caller said the owner of the house, Pradeep Kumar Gupta, had been stabbed.

By the time police reached the spot, the family had shifted the injured man to a hospital. “The house was ransacked. The victim’s wife said that at 4.30 am, she heard someone knocking at the door of her bedroom. When she opened the door, 3-4 persons barged in and overpowered her. One of them, who had a pistol, overpowered her husband while the other caught her both children. When her husband tried to resist, one of them stabbed him, she said,” Anto Alphonse, deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka), said.

The woman said the robbers snatched the jewellery she was wearing, those in the cupboard and cash approximately Rs 84 lakh. Alphonse said the men tried to take away the CCTV recorder installed in the house.

“CCTV footage from the vicinity was analysed and in one of them, a person was seen roaming near the house around 3 am. From the footage, police identified the suspect as Ashish, an Ola driver from Dabri. Acting swiftly, the police team raided his house and arrested him,” the DCP said.

Ashish told police he was under a debt of Rs 3 lakh. “Gupta is known to him and he had visited his house many times. Ashish thought Gupta being a property dealer would have lot of money and jewellery in his house,” Alphonse said.

To execute the robbery, Ashish contacted Narender, who is involved in 43 cases of crimes, including snatching, robbery and theft. He shared details of Gupta with him and Narender roped in 12 others.

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 04:32 IST

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