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Senior citizens unhappy with police efforts

Caught unawares and desperate to save face after a 62-year-old teacher was found strangled at her Timarpur house in north Delhi on Tuesday afternoon, the local police hurriedly cancelled a programme they had organised to felicitate senior citizens.

delhi Updated: Oct 03, 2012 00:24 IST
Jatin Anand

Caught unawares and desperate to save face after a 62-year-old teacher was found strangled at her Timarpur house in north Delhi on Tuesday afternoon, the local police hurriedly cancelled a programme they had organised to felicitate senior citizens.

And, ironically, senior community member invitees, shaken to the core after the incident came to light, didn’t seem to mind.

“How far can a programme organised in anyone’s honour go if they don’t feel secure in the first place?” asked Rajinder Singh, 76, who retired from the ministry of defence more than a decade ago.

“The police have our names in their registers but they don’t regularly come to check on us,” he alleged.

Parwinder Sharma (name changed), felt the same. “This might be the first time that a senior citizen has been murdered in our locality. But thanks to the police’s casual attitude, when it comes to us, this might not be the last.”

Madhu Mehra was also on the senior citizen roster of the local police which claimed to have sent a beat officer to her house every week. “The beat officer used to visit her but she was not only reclusive, there were times when she didn’t allow the officer to even meet her,” an officer said.