Sixteen senior citizens have been murde red in the past nine months in the Capital. On an average, the city has reported at least two such cases every month.
Records show 10 of the cases were reported between June 1 and October 2 alone. The latest was reported from north Delhi’s Timarpur on Tuesday afternoon when Madhu Mehra, a 62-year-old government school teacher, was found bound, gagged and murdered in her flat.
Though police claim to have solved one-third of the cases, at least three cases of murder for robbery remain unsolved. These include the brutal murder of 78-year-old Sarojini Bartwal in her Mayur Vihar Phase-I flat and the double murder of 79-year-old RK Bararu and his wife Durga Devi at their Shakarpur residence.
The previous year had seen 15 such incidents and a total of 11 cases had been solved by the police. In 2010, the city recorded 19 such murders and only 12 could be solved.
A total of 20 cases of crime against senior citizens, ranging from murder to dacoity and robbery, were reported in 2011.
When asked about the trend, a senior police officer said, “Senior citizens who live alone are more vulnerable. In most of the solved cases, the accused were known to the victims and property turned out to be the prime motive behind the murders.”
One more case solved
On Tuesday, the outer district police arrested Nandini, the prime accused and the maid of Gurjeet Kaur, 70-year-old retired assistant commissioner of Income Tax department who was found murdered in her Rohini Sector 8 house on September 12. Two persons — Arvind and Rajesh — were arrested earlier in the case.
Nandini, who had been absconding since the murder came to light, had done the entire planning, said BS Jaiswal, DCP (outer) said.
“Kaur had hired Nandini as a part-time domestic help two weeks before the incident. She used to work only for one hour at her house. She had introduced one of the accused as her husband to the victim and brought her to the house on the pretext of buying unused furniture,” Jaiswal added.
Five persons had visited Kaur’s house that day. After committing the crime, they fled to Moradabad, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Haridwar, Dehradun and Almorah to evade arrest.