“A sweet woman who who had no enemies,” is how Simranjeet’s family members described her. Her aunt Gurcharan Kaur, whom she called just hours before her murder, said she could not believe her niece could have met such an end.
“I heard a woman scream and then shout “chor chor”. I ran out to find my niece lying in a pool of blood,” Gurcharan said.
Police are yet to talk to Simranjeet’s husband. Investigating officers said the family was in a state of shock and took the body to Jalandhar immediately after the post-mortem examination.
“We did not get much time to talk to the husband or the other family members. In the little time that we got to talk to them, they said they did not suspect anyone. We are awaiting their return and will the case will proceed swiftly once they help us with the details,” a senior police officer said.
Police said they would also talk to Simranjeet’s colleagues to see if they had noticed anything out of the ordinary when she was in office on Friday.
Police are scanning Simranjeet’s call detail records to get more details on the circumstances leading to her death.
“Owing to the grainy CCTV footage, we are unable to make out the face of the person following her. We are taking the statements of residents in the area and are also looking at footage from other cameras in the area. The crime appears to be a planned one because some of the residents said they saw the assailant fleeing through a gate, which is the only one open during the day. If this is the case, then it is clear that the assailant already knew the layout of the area,” the officer said.