13 April, 2021

Suburban Terror

Spiralling crime breeds a fear psychosis in Delhi's Vasant Kunj

Suburban Terror
January 14: S.P. Sharma's four-member family and their servant are murdered in their Vasant Kunj Sector C-1 flat. Their servant Tika Ram, the prime suspect, is absconding.

January 23: Law student Priyadarshini Mattoo, 24, is found murdered in her Sector B-10 flat, again in Vasant Kunj. Santosh Singh, son of an IPS officer and a lawyer himself, whom she knew well, is arrested and confesses reportedly to having strangled her.

The Sushmita Sensation was its crowning glory, for it was the former Miss Universe's triumph which put Vasant Kunj on the Indian map. A spate of recent murders, however, has transformed the image of this sprawling apartment complex in south-west Delhi to that of the "most dangerous" address in the capital.

Vasant Kunj witnessed eight cases of murder in 1994 in which 11 persons were killed; seven in 1995 with 10 people killed and two murder cases already in January 1996, with six people killed. In all, since 1994, there have been 17 murder incidents (including multiple murders), nine murder attempts, 105 burglaries and...

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