New Delhi: The congested locality in West Delhi, Baljeet Nagar is facing numerous problems.
Lack of basic amenities and an acute water shortage to name a few, and now to add to their woes it is the ‘hammerman’ who is giving its residents sleepless nights.
Fifteen-year-old Sharda has trouble concentrating on homework afraid to close her eyes at night.
“We are terrified. We try and get as many people to sleep with us at night. It is a horrible feeling,” says Sharda.
It is not only the young ones who are petrified. Forty-year-old Pushpa Gupta read the papers about Thursday’s murder that took place right next-door. And now she wonders with horror what’s in store for her and her daughter.
“We don’t know what to do, even when my husband goes out, he locks us inside because we are so scared,” says Pushpa.
There are some older voices who think it is someone out to create unnecessary panic in an area already burdened with many problems. They rubbish claims of any serial killer.
“Some say he jumps from roof to roof, some say he disappears. This is all this believable!” says a resident, G D Aggarwal.
The dark alleys of Baljeet Nagar appear even darker in the present circumstances.
Earlier people tried to be brave and dispel rumours of the hammerman. But now, with repeated deaths around them, they have no choice but to start believing in a so-called serial killer.