Burglars Take Family Hostage; Loot Cash, Jewellery On Srinagar Outskirts

Srinagar: Reyaz Ahmed Dar, a resident of Zafran Colony, Pantha Chowk, Srinagar sold his half-a-kanal land to marry off his daughter Sabreena. The Nikah ceremony of Sabreena 19, was solemnised on September 4 this year and the bride was living a happy life with her husband and in-laws at Befina area on Srinagar outskirts.

But the wheel of fate catapulted for Sabreena on October 30, when three burglars, two of them masked, holding knives and a pistol barged into the in-laws’ house at Ganai Mohalla and kept a knife on the throat of Sabreena and her husband Umar Ahmed and his mother.

“The three men barged into our house and right-away kept knives on my throat. They kept a pistol on the head of my mother in law. They also kept pistols on my husband and asked him to lift the front portion of our bed where I had kept my jewellery,” Sabreena said. She said that the thieves told them if they won’t give gold, they will kill all.

“For a while, I thought it was the end. We had no choice than to give them all the gold that my father and my in-laws had given to me on my marriage day. The thieves also took away cash worth Rs 30,000,” the two-month old bride said amid tears.

She urged Srinagar police chief to investigate the case on priority and to urge the concerned police officers probing the case to speed up the probe so that she can get her gold back. “I can recognise the face of one thief who had no mask on his face. Other two were wearing a face mask,” Sabreena said.

Sabreena’s father Reyaz Ahmed Dar said that he sold his land to marry off his daughter. “I am in shock and total distress. Only police can arrest the thieves. I hope the police will unmask the thieves in the days ahead,” he said.

Sabreena said that the stolen gold items include a necklace, chain, earrings, bangles, two pounds, and rings etc. Police have already registered a case in police station Pantha Chowk and investigations are in full swing. (KNO)

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