Mystery shrouds the death of an elderly woman, whose body was recovered from her house on Doctors Lane at Taltala on Friday morning, police said.
The victim, identified as Alo Majumder (65), used to stay all alone in a room situated on the ground floor of a two-storey house. Her son works in Jharkhand. Police said there were injury marks on Majumder’s body.
The victim’s brother Mohanlal Adhya stays on the first floor of the building. Every morning he used to knock the woman’s room. Usually the room remains locked from inside. But on Friday morning, the door opened as soon as he knocked it.
“I saw my sister lying on the bed with a blanket on her body. I removed the blanket and found injury marks on her face and neck. Clothes were strewn all over the floor and a cupboard was also open. Instead of touching any articles, I informed the neighbours and police,” said Adhya.
Policemen from Taltala police station, which is situated at a stone throw distance, rushed to the spot. They sent the body for post-mortem.
Later top brass of the city police’s detective department also reached the spot. Officers of the homicide, anti-burglary and dacoity sections have been engaged to probe the incident.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman used to lock the main gate of the building from inside every night. On Thursday night too she had bolted the door from inside. According to the investigating officers, the accused had left through the main door after committing the crime. Police suspect that someone well known to the victim and her family had committed the crime.
The accused had entered the room on Thursday night after all other members those were on the first floor of the building were asleep. He made the victim senseless with chloroform before committing the crime. After killing Majumder, the accused searched the entire room. Police suspect that some valuables were also looted.
Few days ago she had received a parcel that was sent by post from Chennai. Police are trying to know what was sent to her from Chennai and who had sent the parcel.
Moreover, she had two fixed deposits of Rs 16,000 and Rs 30,000. Recently she went to the bank and reinvested the money in some other policies.
Local people are, however, astonished as no one had received any sound or cry for help. Moreover, there was a police camp close to the house. The policemen posted there were also not aware about the matter. Actor Bhaskar Bandhyopadhyay, whose house is situated just opposite to that of the spot, said: “I returned around 12.30 pm. But there was nothing suspicious.”
It may be mentioned that on January 4, 2016, another elderly woman Kamala Rajbangshi was killed at her residence in Kasba. Again in July 2015, an elderly couple Prangopal Das and Renuka Das was found murdered near their apartment at Paikpara.