Staff Reporter

Husband bleeds to death in bedroom; wife in ICU at AIIMS trauma centre

NEW DELHI: A retired Indian Railways official was stabbed to death and his wife seriously injured during a robbery at their residence in the Capital’s posh Sukhdev Vihar area in the early hours of Monday.

Seventy-five-year-old Madan Mohan Gulati and his wife Indraprabha, a retired school teacher, were sleeping in their bedroom on the ground floor around 1-30 a.m. when some robbers broke into the house scaling the compound wall. The couple’s tenant on the first floor heard their screams and called up the police.

When the police arrived at the spot a few minutes later, they found the couple lying in a pool of blood near the bedroom with multiple stab wounds and head injuries. They were rushed to a nearby hospital where Mr. Gulati was declared dead.

His wife was subsequently admitted to the Trauma Centre of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences.

“Preliminary investigation suggests that the assailants entered the house with robbery as motive, but attacked the couple when they resisted. The crime scene bears ample signs that the couple offered stiff resistance to the robbers. The two were battered with some object and stabbed several times with a kitchen knife. The robbers then made off with Rs.20,000 in cash and some jewellery,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Ajay Chaudhry.

“A case of robbery and murder has been registered at the New Friends Colony police station and several people are being questioned. It seems there were four assailants and they escaped from the rear side of the house. We are waiting to record Ms. Gulati’s statement which can throw more light on the incident,” he added.

Police sources said the modus operandi indicated involvement of some nomadic tribe and teams have been sent out of Delhi to look for the assailants.

Veena Gulati, a close relative of the couple, said: “We could not believe it when one of their neighbours called up in the morning and broke the news to us. Indraprabha has been operated upon and is still in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. We have informed their son Vivek and daughter Namrata about the incident. Both are software engineers living in the United States and are expected to reach Delhi by Tuesday evening.”

Describing Mr. Gulati as a helpful soul, his neighbour Vijay Mehra said: “I used to go out for a walk with him everyday. He was very punctual and health-conscious. He was active and fit for his age. He would spend hours taking a walk in the park both in the morning and evening. His wife also accompanied him sometimes.”