The distraught couple in Bokaro on Thursday. (Pankaj Singh)
Three armed men attacked a 72-year-old retired Bokaro Steel Limited employee and his wife (68) with a dagger and threatened to slit their throats before looting Rs 54 thousand in cash and ornaments worth Rs 5.5 lakh from their posh Bari Co-operative Colony house in Bokaro early on Thursday.
The trio were in the two-storey house of B.K. Bhattacharya for almost 45 minutes from 2.30am. No one was arrested till late on Thursday.
According to police, the armed men first scaled the boundary wall and then broke open the grill of the kitchen to enter the house.
Bhattacharya was woken up by a noise around 2.30am. “I opened my eyes to find three men carrying daggers around my bed,” said the elderly man who was sleeping with his wife in their ground floor bedroom.
The armed men first asked for the keys of the cupboards and even assaulted Bhattacharya when he tried to protest. Soon, his wife relented and handed over the keys of the almirah.
The men decamped with almost everything they could lay their hands on. Apart from the cash, the robbers took away gold ornaments including three earrings, two chains, four rings and others, weighing more than 90grams.
Though the couple’s son, who is in his late thirties, was sleeping on the first floor, the robbers never gave the couple a chance to raise an alarm. The men had in fact threatened to slit their throats.
It was only after the men left around 3.15am that the couple shouted for help.
Narrating his ordeal, Bhattacharya said that it was like his worst nightmare. “I do not feel safe in this city anymore,” he added.
Later, Bhattacharya filed an FIR with Sector XII police.
“We have taken up the matter and will arrest the men soon,” said Bokaro SP Jitendra Singh.