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Robbers lock up family, flee with booty

Criminals broke into the house of Press Information Bureau director Vijay Kumar in the Panth Shiv Mandir area on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday and robbed cash and valuables worth Rs 7 lakh, after confining the sleeping family to the bedroom.

Vijay, his wife and three-year-old son were sleeping in one on the four rooms of the first floor of his three-storeyed house. His mother also lives with them. His brother Arun and his family and other relatives live on the ground and top floors.

Around 4 on Wednesday morning, Vijay’s son woke up and asked for water. As Vijay tried to get out of his bedroom to go to the kitchen, he found the door latched from outside.

He called up a relative who lives on the ground floor from his cellphone to come and open the door. As soon as they realised that a theft had occurred, the family informed Kankerbagh police station.

A police officer said: “It seems that the criminals knew the layout of the house very well. It is unclear how they entered the house. But the thieves would have climbed the stairs to the first floor, which has to be entered through an iron-grille door. It was not locked. The thieves used a mop to open the ventilator above the door, then they opened the latch and entered the floor.”

Once in, the thieves ensured that their way out was secure and opened up three exit routes — a door near the kitchen, the main door of the house and another side entrance, all three leading to the road outside.

“The thieves wanted to ensure that they could escape easily if anyone in the family woke up,” said a police officer.

They ransacked an adjoining room opening all the cupboards and suitcases.

“According to the complaint lodged by the family, Rs 40,000, jewellery worth Rs 7 lakh and a camera are missing,” said the police officer. The family did not wish to comment. The officer added: “A special team has been formed to investigate the case and forensic experts have been called in to collect evidence.”