Elderly woman found murdered

Burglars leave 80-year-old in pool of blood, flee with valuables

A 83-year-old woman was found dead at her house in Vikas Puri area in west Delhi during the wee hours of Wednesday. Initial police investigation suggests that unidentified persons burgled the house and smothered Joginder Kaur while trying to decamp with valuables.

Joginder, who used to live alone at her first-floor flat in Vikas Puri H-Block, was discovered lying in a pool of blood by her nephew Gurbaksh Singh, 71, and neighbour Gagandeep Singh at around 4.20 a.m.

“When we reached the spot, Joginder’s body was found near her bed with head injuries caused by a blunt object and several other marks on her body. The house was also ransacked,” said V Renganathan, additional commissioner of police (west). Gurbaksh, who lives on the ground floor of the building, told police that he tried to open his main door at around 4 am and found it locked from outside.

He called Joginder on her mobile phone for help, but she did not respond.

“After that he called Gagandeep, who lives on the second floor. He became suspicious when Gagandeep also found his door locked from outside,” Renganathan added. 

Gurbaksh later managed to exit the building using a rear gate and unlocked all the doors. He along with Gagandeep went inside Joginder’s house and informed police when they found her body.

“Her body has been sent to Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital in Hari Nagar for post-mortem. She is said to have died due to head injuries and excessive loss of blood.

“The exact cause of death will be clear only after we receive the autopsy report. We are also waiting for forensic investigation to culminate,” Renganathan said.

Renganathan further said that it seems as if unidentified burglars struck at the house and decamped with cash and jewellery.

Cops are presently questioning Joginder’s relatives, neighbours and domestic helps in the neighbourhood for clues about the incident or any culprit.

Since she was living alone nobody can ascertain what valuables are missing, the officer said.

Gurbaksh claims that Joginder’s purse and mobile phone are missing.

Joginder, who hails from Pakistan’s Jhelum District, had been living alone for the past 14 to 15 years. Her husband Shobha Singh had died 35-years-ago.

Her daughter Japnaam Sareen, 60, and son Charanpal Singh, 55, are settled in London, while another son Preetpal Singh lives in Uttam Nagar. Her relatives are expected to arrive on Thursday.

Cops also said Joginder was not a registered senior citizen at Vikas Puri police station. A case of murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.

Only last week, a man was attacked with knives and screwdrivers when he resisted a robbery at his house in the same neighbourhood.

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