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Robbery case solved; five arrested

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NEW DELHI, FEB. 11. Five young men, who had allegedly robbed a businesswoman of a huge amount of cash and jewellery in her house at Sarai Rohilla in North Delhi on Thursday night, have been arrested by the North Delhi police. Several lakh rupees in cash and 2 kg of jewellery have been recovered from them.

The police said one of the accused had prior information about the presence of cash and jewellery in the house as he had worked there a couple of years ago.

Earlier, around 11 p.m., Madhu Gupta, a garment exporter living at Bagh Kade Khan in Sarai Rohilla, informed the police that she had been robbed by some young men who had entered her house when she was working in the kitchen.

They tied her hands with her shawl and managed to escape with Rs. 10 lakhs in cash and about 2 kg of gold jewellery, apart from two mobile phones. Ms. Gupta also told the police that one of robbers had asked her about the "gaddha" (pit) where she had hidden the cash and jewellery.

Following the information, all the police stations in the district were alerted. Constables Ashok and Jitender of Gulabi Bagh police station, who were on picket duty in a lane at Pratap Nagar, noticed two young men carrying a heavy bag past midnight and intercepted them.

A huge amount of cash and some jewellery was recovered from their bag following which special police teams interrogated the duo, identified as Vishal and Pankaj, at length.

They allegedly confessed to their involvement in the robbery and, at their instance, the police arrested the other three accused, Kamal, Pankaj alias Avinash and Harun.

In all, the police recovered Rs. 6.5 lakhs in cash and gold jewellery weighing about 2 kg from the hideouts of the accused. One of the two stolen mobile phones was also recovered.

The police said the identity of the sixth accused has also been established and efforts were on to trace him. It is suspected that he was in possession of the remaining booty.

During interrogation, the accused told the police that Harun, son of Suleman, a mason, had hatched the conspiracy. Harun and his father had dug a pit and installed a safe for keeping cash and jewellery in Ms. Gupta's house about a couple of years ago.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (North), Rajesh Khurana, said the accused had climbed the drainpipe of the ground floor house of Ms. Gupta, who lived alone, and reached the terrace.

From there they came down into the kitchen as the door to the staircase was open. They then tied her hands and forced her to part with the keys to the almirah and the safe in the pit. Further investigations in the case are on.

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