Elderly woman strangled to death in Delhi (Lead)

July 28th, 2008 - 10:27 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) A 58-year-old woman was found strangled to death in her northwest Delhi home Monday - a reminder of how elderly people living alone are unsafe in the national capital. Harjinder Kaur was found dead on the sofa of her first floor house in Sector 4 Rohini when her sister Nirmal Kaur, who lives on the second floor with her family, went to check on her in the morning.

“I came downstairs to look for her and saw her lying in a pool of blood on the floor. The doors of the house were open and things were lying scattered,” Nirmal Kaur said.

Harjinder, a divorcee, was staying alone on the first floor while the rest of her family members were staying on the second floor, the police said. She was a native of Punjab and had married Narender Singh around 20 years ago, but got divorced soon after.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer Delhi) Sagar Preet Hooda said the entry to the house had been friendly and the police were looking at all possible angles.

According to the police, Rs.115,000 in cash and other valuables remained untouched in the house.

“Initial investigation suggests that it was a well-planned murder and in order to divert the probe the assailants had broken the cupboard and scattered the stuff,” said an officer.

Police said Harjinder, who owned property worth Rs.3 million, used to lend money on interest. “Property could be a motive for the murder.”

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