Elderly woman murdered in Lajpat Nagar

Elderly woman murdered in Lajpat Nagar

Rs 10 lakh stolen, police verifying real motive

An elderly businesswoman was murdered in her house and Rs 10 lakh were stolen in south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar area on Sunday, the police said.

Vimla Ahuja (63), was found dead on the first floor of her family’s multi-storey building in Lajpat Nagar. She owned a shop near the house where she sold shopping bags.

Since there was no ransacking, the police are verifying if robbery was the real motive behind the crime and if an insider was involved.

“The body was found in the kitchen around 4 pm by her son,” said Joint Commission of Police (South-East) R P Upadhyay.

The victim’s son, who lives on the second floor of the building, came down and detected his mother dead, he said.

Investigators said the victim’s body bore an injury on the left side of the head and she bled from the wound.

Her husband was not at home during that time.

“The victim lived on first floor of the house and her son and daughter-in-law and granddaughter lived on the second floor. On seeing his mother lying on the floor, her son called the police,” said a senior police officer.

When the police interrogated about the incident, the victim’s son told that there was a locker in the bedroom where Rs 10 lakh was kept.

“The money was stolen but the house was not ransacked,” said the police officer.
“There were no signs of forced entry or any broken window pane found on the premises,” the police officer added.

The police plan to question the victim’s family members and neighbours over the incident.

Sources said the police were also looking at a family dispute amid indications of differences within the family over property and financial issues.

“We have started collecting footage of CCTV cameras in the area to see movement of suspicious people in the colony,” said a police officer.

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