Delhi continues to remain unsafe for senior citizens, even for the well-connected.
On Wednesday evening, KD Tripathi, 80, the brother-in-law of CBI director Vijay Shanker, was found murdered in his Sainik Farms home.
Police suspect Tripathi’s servant Inderjit for the murder. Inderjit had gone on leave to Bihar about a fortnight ago, saying his parents were not well. A police team will leave for Bihar on Thursday.
The house had been ransacked, the police said. Tripathi, a former official with the Rajasthan-based Sindri Copper, had been strangled. “The body bore only strangulation marks,” DCP (South) Anil Shukla said.
The assailants had tied his hands before killing him, the police said.
Tripathi was alone in the house. His two daughters are settled in the US and the United Kingdom, while his son lives in Australia. His wife was away visiting one of the daughters.
At around 5 pm on Wednesday, Tripathi’s gardener Pawan found the front door of the house open and went inside to discover the body, said a police officer. “We are also questioning a maid who used to work in the house,” he said.
A neighbour, Raj Singh, said the approach road to the colony was poorly lit. “We have been requesting the authorities to install more streetlights for a long time,” he said.
Area MLA Vijay Jolly too complained about the poor security arrangements in this upmarket locality. “We have been asking the police to increase its presence here, but to no effect.”