Police are on a lookout of a Grant Road shop owner who allegedly assaulted his 76-year-old neighbour when she complained about him loading and unloading cargo late at night.
On March 12, the police received a call on its senior citizen helpline that Bunty Jain, whose father is a retired police officer, had kicked Cathlyn Royan on her back and she fell, injuring her left hand.
The police admitted Royan to Nair hospital.
“I will now register with the senior citizen helpline,” the 76-year-old told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
Royan, who takes tuitions, lives alone in the ground floor flat of Atmaran building on Pavwala Street, while Jain runs his cargo transport business, SK Enterprises, next door.
“On March 12, at 10 pm, I went out to throw the garbage when I saw Bunty loading and unloading cargo. I yelled at him because it was beyond permissible hours and told those gathered to call the police,” Royan claimed.
“But he kicked me on the back and I fell on my left hand, which had been fractured earlier, again because of him. But I did not go to the hospital until the police ordered Bunty to come to the police station.”
“In the 90s, when Jain occupied the storeroom, I slipped on a rope used to tie cargo and fractured my left hand. I did not complain then. This time, I am determined to take them to task. Jain has considerable clout, but I am not afraid to fight them… the law is above all,” she added.
Jain’s family could not be contacted.
“Jain’s father most probably retired as an assistant commissioner of police,” confirmed an officer from the DB Marg police station, requesting anonymity.
Police Sub-Inspector Sudhakar Kadam, investigating officer of the VP Road police station, said: “Royan and the Jains have had disputes in the past over rent payment… However, in no situation is such a treatment justified with a senior citizen. We are looking for Jain who has been missing since the incident.”
Kadam said: “We have registered an offence under Section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and hope to arrest the accused in a day or two.”