Most Residents of Indira Camp no. 4 — a slum cluster located near the upper middle-class neighbourhood of New Krishan Nagar in Vikaspuri — have not left their homes since Wednesday night. That night, Pankaj Narang, a dentist who lived barely 300 metres away was beaten to death, allegedly by some residents of the camp.
Sanjeev Sharma, a factory worker and a resident of the camp, said he feared retaliatory attacks. “We have not slept properly since that day. Most of us have not even gone to work… we are scared that once we go out, our children will be attacked,” said Sharma.
Mohammad Munna, a taxi driver who lives in the camp, told The Indian Express, “We fear that people may attack our houses. We condemn the attack and those responsible for it should get the harshest punishment… but blaming the whole camp over the incident is not right”.
While most of the male residents of the camp work as taxi and autorickshaw drivers, the women work as domestic helps in bungalows and kothis across Vikaspuri. Since Wednesday, most of them have been too scared to go to work; others were turned away by their employers after the incident.
“Some anti-social elements were involved in the incident… Our camp is giving full cooperation to the police in their investigation,” said Akbar Khan, another resident.
Meanwhile, a resident of New Krishan Nagar said the family’s allegation — that none of the local residents came forward to help them despite their cries for help — was not accurate.
“Their house is located in a lane which only has commercial establishments. All of them were shut in the night… no one saw the attack,” he said.
When asked about the possibility of retaliatory attacks, Joint Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak said, “We have deployed policemen in the area and adequate measures are being taken to avoid any untoward incidents”.