Robbers flee with gold, burning eyes

A 28-year-old mother of two children from Tamil Nadu daringly retrieved five of the 18 sovereigns of gold jewels robbed from her at knife-point by a gang of three, after shocking the robbers by sprinkling chilli powder on their face here in the early hours of Tuesday.

Saravanan, 33, residing at Min Nagar, in Ariyalur, and working in a private cement factory, had gone for night duty while his wife Ambika, 28, along with her two sons, Pandian, 8, and Santhosh, 4, was sleeping in the house.

By 2 am, as her son Pandian wanted to urinate, Ambika opened the door and came out of the house. As her second son Santhosh cried, she rushed back inside and comforted him. Meanwhile, Pandian returned.

When Ambika went to lock the front door, three trouser-clad robbers, hiding near the compound wall, barged into the house.

They threatened her and the children at knife-point and asked her to hand over the jewels she was wearing.

Shocked, Ambika handed over a chain, nose stud and earrings. As despite repeated threats she refused to part with her thaali chain the robbers took it with the help of the knife.

The robbers also took five sovereigns of gold jewels kept in a bureau and Rs 70,000 kept in the pooja room.

Refusing to let up, the robbers continued to ask her what else was there at home. Using her presence of mind, Ambika lied to them that she had Rs 10,000 in a box in the kitchen. The robbers asked her to bring the money. But, Ambika returned with a box of chilli powder and threw it on their faces and had them writhing in discomfort.

Taking advantage of the situation, she took the jewels from the robber’s pocket. However, she could retrieve just five sovereigns. She then ran out at lightning speed and took shelter at a neighbour’s house.

The robbers escaped through the rear door and decamped on a motorbike parked there. Ariyalur police has registered a case and is on the lookout for three unidentified robbers.

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