There are carnival-like celebrations on the main road leading to Sri Krishna Janmashtaan. It’s marriage season and dance and music welcome you on blocked roads.
But just half-a-kilometre away, there is silence. No lights to guide you, shops shut down and no one to talk to. This is Chanderpur colony — home to Delhi’s latest “rapist”, Shiv Kumar Yadav.
Yadav’s family — his wife and two children — have been living here for two years. However, the family has been absconding since Sunday morning.
“The family fled, maybe early morning today. We don’t have the details. However, they may have fled to their native district,” Mathura’s assistant superintendent of police, Ajay Pal Sharma, said.
There is hostility from the neighbours when they are asked for details about the accused and his whereabouts. The owner of the house, a former army official, refused to speak to Newsline. But resident in the opposite lane said that the accused was often seen here. “He used to come during weekends. His sister-in-law also stays in the same area. But we had little interaction,” neighbour Lalit Kumar said.
Yadav belongs to Mainpuri district, some 100 kilometres from Mathura. According to an eyewitness, the accused parked his car near his house here and then absconded. Sources told Newsline that it was an informer from the same area who “tracked” him down after he went missing.
The accused was then found hiding near a crowded place at a marriage hall. “We got information through an informer that he was hiding just a kilometre away from Meera Madan Paradise,” the police officer said.
He added that the accused or his family were not involved in any other criminal activities.