The wife of a serving Lieutenant Colonel,was found dead on Thursday,at the officers residence in the high-security Manekshaw Enclave on the Amritsar-Ramtirath road. Lt Col Santosh M Wankhede was out of the city for a training camp,police said,adding that the officer had left for training in Rajasthan on Wednesday.
The deceased,Vineeta (28),is believed to have been murdered on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. She was strangulated to death with a room heater wire. After initiating the investigations,police said they were looking at different angles even as they claimed that robbery did not appear to be the motive behind the murder,with cash of nearly Rs 10,000 and gold ornaments lying intact in the house. The police are focusing on the missing SIM of Vineetas mobile phone.
The SIM of Vineeta has been found missing from her mobile. We are in the process of getting call detail records of her phone, Amritsar Commissioner of Police R P Mittal told The Indian Express. A pendant and a jewellery item is missing after police spoke to the husband of the deceased. But,rest of the jewellery and cash amounting to nearly 10,000 has been intact. Also,there is no sign of forced entry. The accused appeared to have entered from behind the house. Even the immediate neighbours have told police that they had heard some knocking sound on the backside of the house, Mittal added. Vineetas two-year-old daughter was in the house,when the murder took place. She was in the bedroom,while the victim was found murdered in other room.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Amritsar West),Kuldeep Singh Chahal told The Indian Express that the victims body was in a semi-nude condition. Prima facie the crime scene did not suggest that there was forced entry into the house. But,we are looking at all angles,including rape and loot as the motives behind the murder, he added.
Parameshwar Deo,an Army personnel manning the main entrance of Manekshaw Enclave said no outsiders were allowed inside the officers colony without making an entry into the register.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) Mohan Lal said that though the Enclave had high boundary wall and a barbed wire on its borders,there was an access to the Enclave through a street. The accused appears to have entered the Enclave from that street and escaped via that route only. Further investigations are on, Lal added.
The Manekshaw Enclave has two-storey houses with families of two army officers living on each floor. The house where Vineeta was murdered is in the ground floor. Police said her body was spotted by the family help. The Army was immediately alerted,who in turn informed the police.