Ludhiana

Armed goons barge into Ludhiana house, hold family hostage, try to loot 8.5 lakh cash

When chased by the area residents, the goons flee from the spot leaving behind the bag containing the cash

The Hush Post: In a daring daylight incident, three armed goons forcible entered a house in Ludhiana city on Monday afternoon. These goons held the entire family hostage and then decamped with Rs 8.5 lakh in cash and jewellery, Times of India reported on Tuesday.

Armed goons barge into Ludhiana house, hold family hostage, try to loot 8.5 lakh cash

Police officers investigate at the victim’s house in Prem Nagar.

The incident was reported form a house in Prem Nagar colony in Islamganj locality. The owner of the house, Lalita Kapoor, has reported the matter to the police. “My husband Kingpal, who runs a lottery and finance business, had gone to his shop in Ghanta Ghar. I was at home along with my daughter and sister-in-law. Around 2.15pm, three masked men entered our house and held us hostage,” Lalita Kapoor was quoted by TOI as saying.

Armed goons barge into Ludhiana house, hold family hostage, try to loot 8.5 lakh cash

The minor girl who was also held hostage by the knife-wielding thieves.

The complainant said that the goons who were wielding knives told the family to hand them over cash and jewellery. “Scared, we gave them Rs 8.5 lakh and our jewellery. After collecting the loot, the robbers, who were between 25 and 30 years old, ran away,” the woman was reported as saying.

Armed goons barge into Ludhiana house, hold family hostage, try to loot 8.5 lakh cash

The victim woman was so terrified after the incident.

The neighbours assembled outside the house of the victim family when the family members raised an alarm. The residents chased the robbers. At this the goons got panicky and fled away leaving the bag containing the cash, the report said.

The Station House Officer (SHO) of Division 2 police station Inspector Gurwinder Singh reportedly said, “CCTV cameras installed in a nearby area have captured the robbers.”

Another police officer said, “It seems the miscreants parked their motorcycle at some distance before striking.”

The police have launched a manhunt to arrest the goons after registering an FIR against them.

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