Scores of traffic policemen descended upon the otherwise quiet Sispense Road in Nagpada on Monday. Frantically, they dragged bikes parked on the road and pushed them into nearby buildings. Soon, a towing van arrived and cars, too, met with the same fate.
Mediapersons followed with their OB vans in tow and there was chaos everywhere. Shocked residents rushed down hoping to rescue their vehicles, but it was too late.
Finally, the convoy arrived and out stepped state home minister RR Patil and police commissioner Satyapal Singh. They had come to pay a special and seemingly unplanned visit to 80-year-old Shoaib Dholkawala.
On World Elderly Day, Patil and Singh decided to visit homes of two senior citizens - Dholkawala in Nagpada and Surendra Ramaiyya, 75, in Fort. But their sudden visit to assure the city's elderly that they are in safe hands ended up creating pandemonium wherever they went.
"We were informed late about the possible visit of the minister and the police commissioner. Soon after that we gathered all the men to put things in place before they reached the spot," said an officer from Nagpada police station.
But the lucky seniors were thrilled with their visitors despite the chaos.
"I am happy that they visited my home. They asked me about my well-being and if I have any problems. Policemen visit my home regularly and I told them about how things are going," said Ramaiyya.
Following the visit, the home minister asserted that state is mulling moving cases
pertaining to crime against senior citizens to fast track courts.
The home minister and city police commissioner said that they would visit senior citizens once every month in a bid to create a secure atmosphere for those who stay alone in the metropolis.
"There are 4,200 senior citizens, who are registered with the police. In the recent past, the crimes against the elderly have surged and hence we are taking all possible steps to instill a sense of security in their minds. We will keep a complete record of details of domestic help and other persons who visit the elderly who stay alone," said Patil