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Saturday , January 19 , 2013
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Vendors under scanner

To keep a check on crime against senior citizens, police are mulling proper verification of domestic helps and vendors who visit homes regularly.

After an elderly woman at Malahi Pakri was beaten up and looted on January 17, the police now feel that the drive to keep tabs on domestic helps and vendors needs a status check. Senior superintendent of police Amrit Raj said the verification drive was on but it has to be implemented properly.

“The verification drive is on for long. We have been telling people who live in apartments to do a verification check of the people who regularly visit their houses and flats such as maids, apartment guards and others. Now, we have to check whether people are implementing what we had suggested under the different police stations of the city,” Raj said on Friday.

The officer, however, added that it was difficult to make the system mandatory. “Making the system (of knowing who are coming to your house regularly and keeping data) mandatory is difficult. It is completely based on the choice of the house owner. At present, every police station has verification forms and residents can collect it from their nearest police station,” Raj added.

The Malahi Pakri incident, which occurred on the first floor of Madhuban Apartment under the jurisdiction of Patrakar Nagar police station, was carried out by people who are regular visitors to apartments and houses of the colony, the police claim.

Two men tied up 70-year-old Dulli Devi on January 17 and beat her up. They decamped with Rs 5,000 and jewellery. The duo used to come to the flat to buy old newspapers.