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Elderly couple, maid found murdered in Vasant Vihar

New Delhi: Residents of South West Delhi's Vasant Vihar area woke up to the news of a horrific murder on Sunday. An elderly couple and their maid were found stabbed to death at their residence in Vasant Apartment and their throats were allegedly slit.

The Delhi Police claimed that robbery was not the motive behind the killing. Police identified the deceased as Vishnu Mathur (78) and Shashi Mathur (75) and their maid as Khushbu (24). Both were retired government employees. "Vishnu retired from group C services as Pharmacist whereas his wife Shashi was earlier with a municipal body," police said.

According to the Vasant Vihar residents, the incident came to light after another maid found them dead and alerted other residents. "She found the doors bolted from the outside. When she entered the house, couple and their help were lying dead," residents said. The couple was found dead on the bed and the house help's body was found lying on the floor.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devinder Arya said that prima facie it seems nothing has been robbed. "They (deceased) were stabbed. They are probing every angle in the case," said DCP Arya. The elderly citizens lived on the first floor of the house. At the spot, residents were talking that late night a PCR call was made regarding the incident but the house number was given wrong. DCP Arya denied this fact.

The posh locality is covered with several CCTV cameras. Police have started scanning CCTV footages of the area to check whether the accused has been captured on CCTV camera entering and leaving the house. "The details related to the deceased maid is also being checked," added an investigator.

A board which was installed at one of the entry points of the society reads that "Vasant apartment comes under Neighbourhood Watch scheme". Usha Singh, neighbour of the deceased told Millennium Post that for last several days she had not seen Vishnu Mathur. "Aunty (Shashi Mathur) stayed in bed as she had some health issues. Uncle (Vishnu Mathur) used to walk in society. For last several days I have not seen him," said Singh. They had two caretakers of which one used to live with them. "She had one daughter who lives in the Greater Kailash area with her family," said Singh.

Neighbours clueless about incident

New Delhi: The neighbours living close to senior citizens' apartment who were murdered in Vasant Vihar said that they did not hear any noise from the deceased's house late night on Saturday. Rosy, who lives on the second floor of the house where the elderly couple lived, said that she had two dogs including a labrador who barks after seeing or hearing any unusual or suspicious activities in the locality.

"On Saturday they (dogs) also remained quiet. I also did not hear any noise," said Rosy. She further added that entry in their house was only allowed after Vishnu Mathur (deceased) confirmed the visitor's identity.

"I met them four months ago to know about their health," added Rosy. Usha Singh who lives next to the deceased house, came to know about the incident in the morning after she went outside hearing some noise. "Shocked what I can say, this is something happened for the first time in the locality," residents said. Some of the residents said that they were also in the locality late night but they did not hear anything. According to Vasant Vihar residents, the family had shifted 15-20 years back in the area. "Earlier Vishnu Mathur came for a morning walk in the area but for last few months no one saw him. Very kind persons," said Maniram, another resident. Residents said that the area had a police post in front of the entry gate.

Delhi Police data

Delhi Police chief recently held a meeting with the districts in which he had directed them to take stern action against the violent crime. The Delhi Police data on heinous crime against senior citizens revealed that in the year 2018 as many as 63 cases were registered. In the year 2017, nearly 96 cases were reported. "There is a decrease of 34.38 per cent in crime against senior citizens," claimed Delhi Police.

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