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Ex-servant prime suspect in assault case Sunday, July 8, 2001
By Crime Reporter, Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: The Gandhinagar district police are looking for a former servant of the C C Patel household as the prime suspect the in break-in and attack on former government official Sushilaben on Thursday afternoon. But there is no concrete evidence to suggest who the unidentified intruders could have been.
Meanwhile, a shaken state government woke up to the gravity of the incident with additional chief secretary (home) V V R Subbarao convening a meeting of high-level district officials to take preventive measures against such incidents and directed the police to track down the accused.
Present in the meeting were Director General of Police K Chakravarthi, Inspector General (Gandhinagar range) Amitabh Pathak, district collector S J Haider and DSP E Radhakrishna.
Extra companies of SRP and Home Guards have been deployed in the state capital for patrolling, while checkposts at the city's entrance and exits have been alerted.
The condition of 75-year-old Sushilaben, who sustained stab wounds in the stomach and assaults from a blunt weapon on the head, is reported to be serious at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. The police has sent teams to Rajkot district where the servant belongs.
Inspector K N Patel of sector 21 police station said, "The intruders have ransacked two rooms, but Patel confirmed that the valuables which were in a cupboard were not touched." There was a driver inside a car outside the bungalow, and another seated on the veranda in the neighbouring bungalow, both of whom denied having seen or heard anybody.
According to Patel, the former servant, whose identity the police refuse to divulge for the sake of the investigations, was recently released on bail for another crime he was involved in. The suspect belongs to a village near Limdi in Rajkot district. C C Patel is learnt to have removed him from the job after he was caught and booked for robbery from his house earlier.
The maid, Jyotsna Raval, who is the complainant in this case, stays in the servants quarters in the premises. She claimed before the police that she had last served tea to Sushilaben at 3 pm. It was when she came in at 5 pm to cook the evening meal that she saw Sushilaben lying in a pool of blood.
The police have registered a case of robbery, although it has yet to be ascertained if the Patels had lost anything at all. "Patel is busy attending to his wife and has not been able to assess the extent of damage as yet," the inspector said. But judging by the rummaging in the house, police suspect there must have been some theft.
Meanwhile, GPCC president Amarsinh Chaudhary ridiculed the claims made by minister of state for home Haren Pandya about the fall in the crime rate. "That people can barge into a house in broad daylight and attack an elderly woman in the most posh locality of the state capital, shows that nobody is afraid of the police anymore," he said.
News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]