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Where’s data on elderly?

Zone IV of the Mumbai police, which includes Parel where two sisters were murdered in their flat on Tuesday, is one of the two zones yet to submit its data on senior citizens living alone in the area to the police commissioner’s office.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2009 01:15 IST
HT Correspondent

Zone IV of the Mumbai police, which includes Parel where two sisters were murdered in their flat on Tuesday, is one of the two zones yet to submit its data on senior citizens living alone in the area to the police commissioner’s office.

Zone V of the Mumbai police, which covers Dadar, is the other errant zone.

Soon after assuming charge in June, Commissioner of Police D Sivanandhan was faced with an immediate challenge of curbing the spate of senior citizens’ murders.

Since January, at least 10 senior citizens have been murdered in the city. In most cases, they were living alone.

On June 30, Sivanandhan issued a circular directing all police stations to register the senior citizens in their areas and submit the data to the deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) in their zones.

The list was to be submitted to the DCP (Operations) office by July 4. The submission date was extended by a week because of practical difficulties — policemen had to go door to door to collect the census.

But till Wednesday, of the total 12 police zones in the city, zones IV and V emerged as defaulters. Their slots have been left blank on the list received by the DCP (Operations) office.

But DCP (Zone IV) Sanjay Baviskar claimed that the relevant data on senior citizens in their area had been forwarded to the DCP (Operations) office. “We have taken the census and sent it to the headquarters.”

When asked if Keshav Gawde, the 60-year-old brother of the two sisters who were killed, was on the list, Baviskar said: “Those particulars can be checked with the police station [Bhoiwada].”

He claimed that not only had the data being compiled, the police stations in his area had also started visiting the senior citizens — on a daily or weekly basis — to check on them.

As per the data prepared by the DCP (Operations) office, 3,590 senior citizens have been registered with the police across the city.

Zone IX (largely Bandra) recorded the highest number of senior citizens registered with the police with 748, followed by zone II (south Mumbai) with 488.