Five juveniles held for killing 83-yr-old woman

She died in scuffle while resisting robbery

Five juveniles were apprehended on Friday for killing a 83-year-old woman at her residence in Vikas Puri of west Delhi on June 20, police said.

Joginder Kaur, who used to live alone in Vikas Puri block H, was found lying in a pool of blood near her bed by her nephew Gurbaksh Singh and neighbour Gagandeep Singh.

According to V Renganathan, additional commissioner of police (west), the juveniles, who hail from remote areas of West Bengal and live at Bawana in outer Delhi, belong to a gang led by 22-year-old Rashid.

“They had burgled Joginder’s first-floor flat and killed her while trying to decamp with valuables,” he added.

They were held after specific information that members of a gang, who targeted Joginder’s house, would assemble in a park at Vikas Puri block A around 4 am on Friday.

Housebreaking equipment, fixed deposit receipts worth Rs 3.5 lakh, a pair of silver anklets and two stolen SIM cards have also been recovered from them.

They told police that Rashid used to target houses where either a senior citizen lived alone or where there were few family members.

“Rashid particularly targeted houses where female senior citizens live alone as it was easy to overpower them and there are least chances of their identification,” Renganathan added.

On June 20, they reached in front of Joginder’s house after consuming alcohol at Rashid’s hideout in Bawana. Rashid, with one of the juveniles, climbed to the first floor’s balcony and took out the windowpanes by using a knife and a screwdriver.

One of the youths then entered the house and unbolted the balcony’s door to allow safe entry to all others. They had also bolted the main doors of both the floors from outside so that nobody could come out if Joginder raised an alarm.

They then asked Joginder to give her valuables, and when she refused and attempted to raise an alarm, they injured her with a blunt weapon.

“In this scuffle, Joginder fell down and Rashid put his leg on her neck and pushed forcibly due to which she lost consciousness. Rashid’s brutal act led to fracture of Joginder’s neck-bone and she succumbed to her injuries,” Renganathan said.

The minors belong to poor backgrounds and their parents are either ragpickers or rickshaw pullers. They were fascinated with luxurious lifestyles in west Delhi and joined Rashid’s gang to earn easy money.

Rashid was shouldering financial and social responsibilities of the juveniles.

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