A 62-year-old woman was found murdered in her flat in Timarpur, North Delhi. Police said she was Madhu Mehra, a teacher at Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, government school in Nehru Vihar. She lived alone in her flat for the past 14 years and was registered with North district’s Senior Citizen Cell.
Police said her body was tied, gagged and she appeared to have been strangled.
They said there was no sign of anyone breaking in and Mehra knew the accused because sliced fruits were found on a plate, as if she had served those.
The rooms were found ransacked, suggesting that the motive of the murder was robbery.
The incident was reported after one Rajendra Prasad, Mehra’s colleague, visited her around 2.40 pm on Tuesday and found her body in the bedroom.
A senior police officer said, “Prasad informed neighbours, who made a PCR call. The house was ransacked and it appears that the woman was strangled. The neighbours said that she was last seen in the local market around 9:30 pm on Monday. We are questioning the neighbours and their domestic help.”
Police said Rajendra Prasad had borrowed Rs 10,000 from Mehra and returned the money on Monday. The money was missing from her house.
“The assailant took Rs 10,000 but the almirahs, where all the jewellery was kept, were untouched. We are also questioning Prasad. A case of robbery and murder has been registered and investigation is underway,” police said.