A 60-year-old woman and her son were found murdered at their house in Sector 5, Rohini, on Friday. Police said Usha Mishra and her son Jitender (40) suffered serious head injuries, the kind that was inflicted with a heavy blunt object.
Police said the incident was reported to the control room by neighbours around 11.30 am. Police rushed them to Dr Baba Rao Ambedkar hospital, where they were declared dead on arrival. The bodies have been sent for a post-mortem examination.
Police said the house appeared to have been ransacked. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Vikramjit Singh said, “A case of murder has been registered. Prima Facie, it looks like the robbery was staged to mislead police. We are probing the case from all the angles.”
Usha was last seen by her neighbour, Manorama Upadhyaya, around 9 pm on Thursday when she returned from the local market after buying milk. “I spoke to her for a few minutes. That was the last I saw her,” she said.
On Friday, around 6 am, Manorama noticed found the bulb outside Usha’s house switched on. “They normally switch it off at night, so when I saw the bulb on, I rang the bell but there was no response. I left when no one answered the bell,” Manorama said.
Around 11 am, Manorama saw that the light was still on and tried entering the house. “The door was not locked. I went in and saw Usha lying on her bed. Her forehead had injury marks and the pillow was soaked in blood. I saw Jitender lying in a pool of blood in the next room,” she said.
Police found two steel glasses, food and an almost-empty alcohol bottle lying on a table in one of the rooms. The lockers were ransacked and clothes strewn about. Police said they were verifying if anything was missing from the house. Police suspect the role of an insider as the entry seemed friendly.
Usha’s brother Adwesh Mishra said, “Call detail records show that 125 calls were exchanged on Thursday between Jitender and another person who police are trying to identify. Jitender was suffering form an acute form of joint pain which left him mostly immobile. My sister used to take care of him. He used a walking stick to move about the house.”
The mother and son were staying there for the past two years. They had rented out two flats in their three-storeyed building and lived off the rent.