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Police IDs for elderly with emergency numbers

Three days after two elderly women were found murdered in their homes during robbery attempts,the Delhi Police has come out with identity cards for senior citizens.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 27, 2012 1:07 am

Three days after two elderly women were found murdered in their homes during robbery attempts,the Delhi Police has come out with identity cards for senior citizens.

Addressing the media,police chief Neeraj Kumar said around 13,000 senior citizens,who are living alone in the city,are registered with the Delhi Police. The ID cards for them have been dispatched to the respective police districts for distribution.

“The card has emergency contact numbers,including names and numbers of doctors and local police,apart from identification details and the person’s blood group. A senior citizen once approached me and told me that he had no identity card. It was then that I realised the importance of ID cards. Police will now know whom to contact in case of an emergency,” Kumar said.

Dismissing reports that the recovery of nine bodies over 24 hours suggested a rise in crime in the city,Kumar said some of the deaths,which were reported as murders by the media,were cases of suspected natural deaths.

“In the case of a body being found in Bara Hindu Rao Hospital premises,the person had died in a fall,” Kumar said.

“The victim’s family members told us that he had epilepsy and,moreover,there were no injuries on the body,” he said.

“In some cases,it is difficult for police to stop a crime from taking place,” he said,pointing to instances like a son murdering his father in their house in Nizamuddin,and the mother later tampering with the crime scene in an attempt to save her son.

The police chief said he has asked his force to crack down on snatchers. “The areas where snatching incidents were more have been identified. A list of snatchers has been prepared by the Crime Branch,and the same have been sent to the district DCPs’ offices and the PCR.

On the issue of rioting at the disputed land,where remains believed to be that of the Mughal-era Akbarabadi Masjid have been excavated,the Commissioner said the role of local leaders and his supporters were being probed.

“Three cases of rioting,arson and damage to public property have been registered and investigations are on,” he said.

Two residents of Daryaganj,Imran and Izaz,who had stolen a pistol from a constable during the rioting on the intervening night of July 21-22 have been arrested,and the pistol along with live cartridges have been recovered from their possession,Kumar said.

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