Home-alone woman found with throat slit; neighbour detained

Police believe the suspect killed her when she resisted his sexual advances

Home-alone woman found with throat slit; neighbour detained

A 21-year-old home-alone woman from West Bengal was murdered at Rajiv Layout near Bilekahalli off Bannerghatta Main Road here on Thursday morning, police said. A neighbour, whose gold chain was allegedly found in the victim’s hand, has been detained for questioning.

Sumita Ojha, who hailed from Purba Medinipur district in West Bengal, was found with her throat slit when her husband, Biswajit Ojha, 26, returned home for lunch. “As I unlatched the front door, I found her lying in the bedroom with her throat slit,” he told Deccan Herald.

A disconsolate Biswajit said his wife could have been saved if he had paid more attention to her phone call in the morning.

“She called me around 11.30 am, but I hung up as I couldn’t hear anything. Alas, I couldn’t even call her back,” he said.

Mico Layout police who have registered a case of murder suspected that Chandrashekar, a neighbour, killed Sumita as she tried to resist his sexual advances.
They closed in on him on the basis of testimonials and evidence from the scene of crime.

An investigator suspected that Chandrashekar might have made sexual advances to Sumita. She might have resisted and, in order to suppress her cries for help, he might have slit her throat, the officer suspected.

The officer insisted on the theory, saying there were no signs of forced entry into the house.

Therefore, the suspect was known to the victim’s family. It also corroborated Biswajit’s statement that Chandrashekar had visited their house in the morning on the pretext of helping them apply for Aadhaar card.

Investigators believe Chandrashekar might have tricked Sunita into opening the door in connection with the same matter, when her husband was away.

Besides, police claim to have found Chandrashekar’s gold chain in the victim’s hand. Sumita might have snatched it as she resisted his “evil designs”, they stressed. Biswajit claimed the chain belonged to Chandrashekar.

The couple married three years ago and moved to the City around the same time. Biswajit ran a catering business while Sumita worked as a domestic help in nearby apartment buildings.

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