House ransacked; police say entry friendly,robbery not the only motive
Unidentified assailants killed a 67-year-old woman and ransacked her East Delhi residence on Thursday morning.
Police officials said the body of Nirmal Arora,wife of a former Indian Air Force officer,was found by her domestic help around 12.15 pm. The victims throat had been slit,her feet tied up and she had been hit on the head as well,the officials added.
The police said Nirmals husband,Somnath Arora,had left home around 10 am. The domestic help told the police she found the main door of the house open and walked into Nirmals bedroom after getting no response to her knocks. She found the body on the bed,with blood all over the walls.
One of the neighbours called the Police Control Room around 12.30 pm. The victims feet had been tied up with a nylon rope and she was bleeding from the neck and the back of her head. She had died by then and we shifted the body to Sabzi Mandi mortuary, a senior police official said.
Police suspect Nirmal was killed between 11 am and 12.15 pm her daughter told the police she had spoken to her over phone around 11 am.
Nirmals relatives said the two-storeyed house had been ransacked,following which the police registered a case of robbery. Rs 40,000 in cash and several articles of jewellery are missing from the house, Nirmals son-in-law Rajesh Batra told Newsline.
Officials,however,said they are investigating the case from all angles as it did not appear to be an open and shut case of robbery.
A senior police official said,Though the victims relatives said the house has been ransacked,we are not ruling out any other possibility,including personal enmity. The jewellery in the house was in fact intact; it had not been kept inside a locker but in a glass cupboard. Moreover,doctors removed three gold bangles,three gold rings and a pair of gold earrings from her person.
The entry to the house appeared friendly,the official said,as the door locks were found intact.
Her youngest daughter married around eight years ago after which she had been living alone with her husband. He was away for work for most part of the day, he added. Somnath currently works for a distribution agency.