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47-year-old woman found murdered in Punjabi Bagh

Police said they would be questioning her tenants, with whom she was locked in a court dispute over her property.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | March 8, 2015 1:37:28 am

A 47-year-old widow was found bludgeoned to death in her house in West Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh on Saturday. She was alone at home when the incident took place, police said. Police said they would be questioning her tenants, with whom she was locked in a court dispute over her property.

The woman, Sanjogita Yadav, lived with her son Bhushan. At the time of the crime, he had gone to court for a hearing in the case. While Sanjogita and her son lived on the first floor, her tenants lived on the ground floor. Her husband, Kanwar Singh Yadav, died in 2010 and they own a chemists’ shop in the area.

Police said Bhushan found his mother lying in a pool of blood after returning from court. He rushed her to hospital and called police. “It appears Sanjogita was hit by a blunt object, maybe with a hammer on her head. She had suffered serious head injuries. She was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. We have sent the body for a postmortem examination to ascertain the exact cause and time of death,” a senior police officer said.

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Bhushan told police that his mother often had fights with her tenants as they had stopped paying her rent. He told police his mother had served her tenants a notice to vacate the house, but they had moved court for a stay order. The case has been going on for the past one year, police said. Neighbours told police the tenants had threatened Sanjogita in the past.

The entry inside the house seemed friendly, and the lock and latch on the main door were found intact. Police, however, said there were resistance marks in the house and, it appeared, the victim had a scuffle with the attacker before she was murdered.

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