What police patrolling?
Less than a week after she celebrated her 76th birthday, Vidya Gulabani is recuperating at the Holy Family Hospital in southeast Delhi. Jatin Anand reports.delhi Updated: May 13, 2010 00:30 IST
Less than a week after she celebrated her 76th birthday, Vidya Gulabani is recuperating at the Holy Family Hospital in southeast Delhi.
A group of armed assailants had assaulted the visually impaired retired schoolteacher after plundering her Kalkaji extension house, just 200 metres from the district's additional commissioner of police's office.
Her family and neighbours said there could not be a more glaring example of lack of quality policing in the area.
"Though small incidents like car fittings and stereo systems being stolen from vehicles are normal, we never expected it to come to this," said an outraged Nina Gulabani (45), Vidya's daughter-in-law.
"The lane next to our house is mostly occupied by drunkards and criminals and the local police don't seem to care two hoots about it."
Despite private guards employed by the residents themselves in addition to teams from the local police station daily patrolling this gated colony, his grand mother's assailants gave Anubhav an outlandish gift on his 24th birthday.
"It was my son Anubhav, returning after his birthday party, who discovered her lying out cold, flat on the floor of her room. I'm surprised that not even a single person, neither a security guard, nor a resident saw or heard anything," said Nina.
An hour later, 86-year-old Janakraj Likhi, Gulabani's next-door neighbour, was found dead in his room.
"It has to be the handiwork of a professional gang," said Shiv Kumar (45), Likhi's nephew.
"The precision with which they first entered the neighbouring house and then the next house without leaving any trace except two battered elderly people behind can't be an amateur gang's work."
Located next to a massive MCD hospital's construction site, Gulbani believes the assailants might be posing as daily wage labourers there.
Meanwhile, the police are still in dark even after registering a case of robbery and robbery-cum-murder at the Kalkaji police station. The police suspect this to be the work of gang of people of Bangladeshi origin.
"It's a peculiar case with virtually no witnesses. While one has been killed, the other is visually challenged to a great extent and can't identify the assailants," said a senior police officer.
But the police maintain that they regularly patrol their respective areas.