Staff Reporter

80-year-old Subhadra Sharma robbed of cash by two young men and a woman at her residence

Subhadra had been looking for a domestic help

Police pick security guard for questioning

NEW DELHI: An 80-year-old woman was beaten up and robbed of Rs.1.5 lakh in cash and jewellery worth lakhs by two young men and a woman accomplice in her posh Greater Kailash Part-I residence here on Monday. The police have detained a local security guard for questioning.

Subhadra Sharma, whose daughter Divyajyoti works in television serials and is based in Mumbai, lives alone on the first floor in R Block of Greater Kailash - I. For the past few weeks she had been looking for a domestic help and in that connection had contacted the local security guard named Sunil. The guard arranged for a woman domestic help for her, who quit the job after a few weeks.

Sunil then introduced Subhadra to Ajay saying he would get her a domestic help. On Monday morning Ajay promptly came to her house with a young woman. Subhadra told the woman that she would be allowed in only after she gets her belongings along. Ajay and the woman then left the place and returned around 3 p.m.

Subhadra again enquired from the woman if she had come with her luggage, at which the latter claimed that her brother had locked up the house and had gone somewhere.

Suspecting that something was amiss, Subhadra refused to allow them in. Ajay then requested for some water to drink. As Subhadra opened the door, Ajay along with the woman and another man barged in and overpowered her.

They beat her up, inflicting injuries on her face, neck and stomach. The trio then collected the cash and jewellery kept in the house and fled away.

The victim screamed for help following which a neighbour called in the police. Subhadra was taken to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences for first-aid. Her daughter Divyajyoti also arrived in Delhi late on Monday night.

The police have registered a case of robbery and launched a hunt for the culprits. They have picked up Sunil for questioning as he had introduced Ajay to the old woman. Sunil told the police that he was not on duty at the time of the incident.

Inquiries by the police revealed that Subhadra’s husband passed away about four years ago. Apart from a daughter, she has a son who lives separately, police sources said.

Over half a dozen incidents where elderly citizens have been attacked have been reported in the Capital since the beginning of this year.