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Senior Citizen awaits justice as assailant holidays

More than two months after an 83-year-old retired government employee was beaten up at a neighbourhood park, he has been running from pillar to post to get a case registered. Meher M Ali reports.

delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2009 18:50 IST
Meher M Ali

More than two months after an 83-year-old retired, government employee was beaten up at a neighbourhood park, he has been running from pillar to post to get a case registered. The elderly citizen claims that the local police did not take any action against the accused as his son is a policeman. BC Chowdhary (83) who was slapped by a neighbour in a park

The incident took place on July 26 when BC Chowdhary, a retiree from the Indian Railways was beaten up in his neighbourhood park in Geeta Colony, North Delhi. His watch, hearing aid and spectacles were damaged as he was slapped across the face in front of his neighbours.

The man who allegedly beat him up also lives in the same colony. Chowdhary returned home but did not say a word about the incident to his family. "He didn't speak to us about it for two days," said his daughter-in-law Usha Chowdhary.

After four days he filed a written complaint at the Geeta Colony Police Station. When no action was taken, he personally went to the Senior Citizen Cell, Police Headquarters, New Delhi and filed another complaint on August 21. He then went for a scheduled meeting on September 17 with Rajinder Sagar, ACP of Geeta Colony, which his neighbour was also supposed to attend. But Sagar told him that the assailant was out of station.

ACP Sagar told HT, "He (neighbour) is not available in Delhi. He has gone to Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu) on a trip. He will be back on September 26 or 27." When asked how he got information about the accused's whereabouts, the ACP refused to speak any further.

According to a Supreme Court lawyer, who did not want to be named, protocol required the ACP to begin investigation into the matter as soon as he received the complaint.

The Senior Citizen Cell, where the complaint was filed, said they will send a reminder in the first week of October to all the concerned authorities, asking them to take action, said an official working there who is not authorised to speak to the media.