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Mystery shrouds death of elderly couple in Amar Colony

Mystery shrouds death of elderly couple in Amar Colony

New Delhi: An elderly couple was found dead inside their residence in South East Delhi's Amar Colony, police claimed on Sunday.

The investigating agency claimed that they are probing the case from angles including murder. Joint Commissioner of Police (South Eastern) Devesh Srivastava claimed that they are scanning the CCTV in the case and all angles are looked into.

Meanwhile, the investigation revealed that no forceful entry visible in the house. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal stated that on January 26 at 10.30 am, a PCR call of missing was received regarding senior citizen who is living at the house in Amar Colony's Mount Kailash area. The caller in the case claimed that the last phone conversation with the deceased was made on January 16 and thereafter both the elderly couple not be contacted.

"The caller came to Amar Colony police station to inform the police about the missing couple," said DCP Biswal.

He further stated that they reached the spot, it was found that flat was locked from inside and phone number of senior citizens was switched off hence, lock of the flat was broken. During the search of the house, decomposed body of one male and one female was found lying on the floor of one room. "We suspected that they were dead around 4-5 days ago. The investigation is going on in the case," added an investigator.

Reports were coming that one of the deceased's hand was tied with ropes.

The probe further revealed that the deceased was identified as Virender Kumar Khaneja (77) who retired from the private sector along with his wife Sarla (72). Their son Amit Khaneja lives in the USA.

"No forced entry was visible in the house. Further investigation is ongoing into the unnatural death of the couple," police said. DCP Biswal added that further investigation is ongoing into the unnatural death of the couple. "Beat staff was paying visits to the couple. Last visited on January 15 and got their water problem solved," added officer.

Last year, local police conducted 34,097 security audits, beat officers made cumulative 5,23,056 visits to senior citizens and 3,78,794 telephone calls were made to senior citizens. As many as 1087 complaints received and 686 distress calls related to senior citizens attended by city police.

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