Robbers broke into the house of a homoeopath in Sodepur, held his seven-year-old son at gunpoint and fled with cash and jewellery worth nearly Rs 2 lakh on Saturday.
The gang of five broke open the lock of an iron grille gate on the ground floor of the house at Sukchar on the northern fringes of the city, police said. Rathindranath Ganguly, his wife Archana and son Shivam, a Class III student, were asleep on the same floor.
“I was woken up by a thud and as I got up and started walking towards the main door, I was pushed by a man with an iron rod and fell on the ground. Before I could shout for help, they entered the bedroom and one of them pointed a gun at my son who was still sleeping,” said Rathindranath.
His wife had woken up by then and the robbers threatened to kill the boy if they made noise.
“They demanded keys to the almirah and asked us not to shout or they would shoot our son. We had no option and my wife showed them where the keys were,” Rathindranath said.
The robbers cleaned out three almirahs and took away gold and silver jewellery and Rs 25,000.
Before leaving, the robbers threatened the couple not to call anyone as they would be waiting outside and would fire immediately. The incident happened around 3am on Saturday but Rathindranath did not dare to raise the alarm till around 4.15am.
“We have got some clues about the robbers and are trying to nab them soon,” said Biswajit Ghosh, the additional deputy commissioner of police of Barrackpore.
The doctor said all five were wearing black masks and spoke in Bengali and Hindi.