82-year-old woman murdered
The domestic servant, who has gone missing since the incident, is prime suspect
Despite the numerous measures and promises of Delhi police, the city's elderly remain at risk, even in the confines of their own homes. An 82-year-old woman was found dead in her bathroom at her residence in Jangpura Extension house in southeast Delhi on Monday morning.
House of horrors: People gathered outside the house of Vimal Shah, the
senior citizen who was found murdered on Monday morning at Sunlight
Colony, Jangpura in New Delhi on Monday. PIC/MiD DAY
According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Vimal Shah and she was living with her son and daughter-in-law on the second floor of K-7 Jangpura Extension for the past 22 years. Her son and daughter-in-law had gone to Singapore around two weeks ago. "The deceased's only son Bharat Shah, who is an alumnus of IIT Roorkee, had gone to Singapore on October 17. He is currently doing business in Delhi. He and his wife had gone to meet their sons who are working there. We had informed him about the incident and the couple will be in Delhi in a day or two," said Mohit Shah, Bharat's cousin.
A police officer said that, Bharat used to call his mother every day. On Monday, when he called her she did not answer the phone. Then, Bharat called his neighbour who went upstairs but couldn't get the door open. After that neighbours made a PCR call at around 11.40 am. "The police reached the spot in a short while and the lock was broken. The woman was found dead in the bathroom and the house was ransacked. The deceased was an asthma patient and she had allegedly been smothered to death. Two pillows were also found in the bathroom. She also had injury marks on her body," said a police official.
Under the lens
Based on initial investigations, police say that the deceased's 20-year-old servant, identified as Jagat from Nepal, who went missing after the incident, is prime suspect and he might have executed the murder and robbery along with his associates.
"There is a possibility that there were around three persons involved in the murder and robbery. It is possible that the domestic help had called his friends to commit the crime and they killed her. After the murder they ransacked the entire house," added the police official.
The officer added that the domestic help was hired a month ago through a contact but the Shah family didn't get him verified. A case of robbery and murder has been registered at the Nizamuddin police station and further investigations are on to nab the servant.
Senior citizens in the city have been registered with Delhi police