Some burglars broke into the house of an elderly couple at DLF-2 on the night of May 19 and stole articles worth nearly Rs 12 lakh.
“It is not about the jewellery or other things that we lost, it is about a sense of being violated. We did not just get robbed of articles, we got robbed of our sense of security and our sense of belief in the police,” said 79-year-old GN Bansal, a retired official of a company based at Ranikhet in Uttarakhand.
“I was on a medical trip to Delhi when on May 20 I was informed that our house had been robbed. I rushed back to find my dwelling vandalised and ransacked,” said a seemingly disturbed Bansal, who suffers from acute spondylitis.
The family alleged that the guards were never alert and the police just showed up to express their sympathy after an incident. “Nothing concrete comes out of it. We pay our taxes, we pay the maintenance charges, then why have the agencies failed to provide us with security?” asked 73-year-old Beena Bansal, who can barely move after suffering a brain stroke.
The couple had moved to Gurgaon four years ago, leaving their family of two daughters and a son behind at their Hauz Khas house in Delhi.
“Unauthorised people roam our streets daily. No police personnel come to visit us. The police told us that they did not have enough manpower to guard the by-lanes and that tackling lawlessness on MG Road took up most of the resources,” Bansal said.
Although the couple as well as some of the neighbours alleged that such incidents were common in the neighbourhood, the police station records said that only six such incidents had happened in the locality so far this year.