The Crime Branch of the Panchkula police Tuesday arrested two youths for the alleged murder of an elderly woman who was found dead at her Sector 21 residence under mysterious circumstances, with cash and other valuables missing from the house.
The suspects have been identified as Mohammad Nirraz, 21, and Mohammad Azam Khan, 21, both natives of Bihar. While Nirraz lived in a rented accommodation in Sector 21, Maheshpur, Khan lived in a hutment.
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The incident was reported on August 5, when the victim, 80-year-old Satya Devi, was found dead around 6 am by her husband, Dr Pankaj. Following this, she was rushed a hospital, where she was declared brought dead.
In his complaint to the police, Dr Pankaj, a retired postmaster, had stated that some cash and valuables, including his wife’s earrings, were missing from the house. While the police had initially ruled out foul play, they zeroed in on the accused after the case was taken up by the Crime Branch headed by Inspector Baljit Singh.
The accused were arrested from Maheshpur, on the basis of the location of the mobile towers of Dr Pankaj’s cellphone which the accused had made away with.
According to the police, the two had done a recee of the house and knew that the aged couple were the only occupants. “The two had entered the house at night and hid themselves under the stairs. When Dr Pankaj went to sleep around 10 pm, they allegedly smothered Satya Devi. Following this, they ransacked the house and fled away with cash and other valuables,” said the police.
The two have been booked under Section 460 (house-breaking by night where death or grievous hurt is caused by one of them) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 5 police station.They will be presented in a local court Wednesday.