Meena Iyer, 78, is afraid to open her door even to the police.
On May 27, the Matunga resident was attacked by a man who entered her house pretending to be a mechanic. Iyer, who stays alone at her ground floor flat, sustained injuries to her hands, throat, eyes and nose after she was attacked with a chopper. The accused — who is yet to be arrested — made away with her gold bangles and ring worth Rs 1.3 lakh.
However, Iyer is so traumatised by the incident that she now refuses to open the door. “After she returned home, our officers went to her residence asking her to identify a person who we suspected was behind the attack. Iyer was not willing to open the door even though our officers were in uniform,” said an officer from Matunga police station on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media.
“She is a senior citizen and stays alone so we could not call her to the police station. We could understand she was scared, but our investigation virtually came to a halt as a result of this,” said the officer.
“Finally, a neighbour intervened and Iyer agreed to open the main door and talk to us across the grill. Now, we show her photographs of suspects and she answers in yes or no without letting us in.”
Even when Hindustan Times visited the senior citizen, she refused to open the door.
“We have interrogated several suspects. We hope to arrest the accused soon,” said inspector S Sawant.