Servant drugs family, steals cash, jewellery

March 9th, 2008 - 11:14 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) A domestic help drugged a retired bureaucrat’s family in its south Delhi home and decamped with cash and jewellery. This is the third incident of its kind in the capital in two months. The domestic help, identified as Raju, 16, laced food with drugs and served it to 80-year-old S.L. Goel’s family at its home in Malviya Nagar of south Delhi Saturday night, the police said Sunday.

The servant’s police verification was carried out when he was hired five days ago on the recommendation of the family’s regular domestic help. The servant was going to his native village in Bihar for his sister’s marriage, and got Raju as his replacement.

Raju served the drug-laced food to Goel, his wife Kusum, 76, their grandson Akshay and their relative Anita, 64.

Goel retired from the finance ministry as a joint secretary and is the president of the Residents’ Welfare Association of the area. His son Varun, a corporate executive, stays in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

All the four people fell unconscious but Akshay soon regained consciousness as he had eaten less.

“It happened around 10 p.m., and around 11.45 p.m. Akshay went to a neighbour and told him about the incident. The neighbour called the police control room,” said a police officer.

Goel and others were rushed to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

“Goel is in a critical condition while Kusum and Anita are stable. Akshay has been discharged from the hospital and is staying at his friend’s place in Sainik Farms to prepare for his board examination on Monday. He is studying in Class 12 in Amity School,” said Kusum’s brother B.S. Seth, who lives in South Extension.

The police said after drugging the family, Raju stole cash, jewellery and other valuables and fled.

A few days ago, a domestic help, also identified as Raju, poisoned a drink meant for his employer K.C. Anand, a retired army major. Raju was employed at Anand’s Greater Kailash-I home only three days earlier.

“There is a strong possibility that the same servant is involved in both Greater Kailash and Malviya Nagar incidents. We have sent teams to his native place and further investigations are under way,” the police official added.

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