Four months after they had locked themselves up in their house in Kanpur, a former Indian Institute of Technology professor and his wife were rescued by the police on Tuesday.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Sanjeev Dayal and his wife Vidya were rescued after the neighbours alerted the police to a foul smell emanating from the couple's Twin Towers flat in the city's Sharda Nagar locality.
Police found Dayal in one room, properly dressed, while his wife was spotted naked under the bed in a separate room. There were mounds of excrement in the rooms as the couple had blocked the toilet door by placing wooden planks across it.
The couple has been admitted to the Lala Lajpat Rai hospital in Kanpur where their condition is said to be critical. "Their heartbeats and pulse rate are irregular. We are doing all we can," HT quoted a source in the hospital as saying. Dr JS Kushwaha, who is in-charge of the case at the hospital, suspected that the couple hadn't eaten anything in the last few days.
The police is examining the footage recovered from the CCTV cameras installed in both the rooms, as relatives or neighbours of the couple, who barely interacted with anyone, were unable to provide any information. They are also trying to ascertain if the two suffered from depression or any other psychiatric condition.
According to HT, the couple had reportedly called an electrician to their apartment on four occasions but no one opened the door when he knocked.
Dayal used to conduct coaching classes for aspiring engineering students, and his wife used to teach on contract at CSA University in Kanpur. They have no children.
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