No breakthrough yet in robbery case

NEW DELHI, DEC. 6. The police are yet to make a breakthrough in the robbery case in which an unidentified man seriously injured an 85-year-old woman before escaping with some cash at Vasant Kunj in South-West Delhi on Sunday. They have questioned several people in connection with the incident.

According to the police, Kailash Devi Mahindra, widow of a former Air Force officer, was alone in her house when an unidentified assailant managed to get into the house at B-Block Vasant Kunj around 7-30 p.m. Her son, Captain (Retd.) A.K. Mahindra, who now runs a private business, had gone out with his wife for dinner when the incident occurred.

As per the sequence of events established so far, the robber managed to jump into the verandah of the house as the main gate was locked from inside and then sneaked into the room in which Kailash Devi was taking rest. Kailash Devi had told the police that the assailant first switched off the lamp, which was near her bed, apparently to hide his identity. He then ordered her to hand over whatever cash she had. The old woman is reported to have given him Rs. 5,000 in cash. However, a final assessment of what all has gone missing is yet to be carried out.

However, the robber apparently wanted more booty. He began demanding the keys to the almirah and when Kailash Devi apparently refused, he began hitting her with a blunt weapon. He hit her several times on the head and also tried to strangulate her. As Kailash Devi fell on the floor, the man began ransacking the house. As he was busy looking for booty, Kailash Devi managed to raise an alarm. The robber then panicked and escaped from the house. Kailash Devi then managed to reach a window and called out for help. The domestic help of her neighbour heard the voices and informed her employers. They then informed the retired Army officer. The couple rushed back home and took her to the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre. Subsequently, the police were informed.

The octogenarian sustained serious injuries on her face and head and is still in the Intensive Care Unit. However, her condition was reported to be stable but under observation. Following the incident, the police have questioned over a 100 people. These include the area residents and those who had worked for Mahindras earlier.

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