The Agra police on Saturday found the body of a woman who lived with the skeletal remains of her mother for months together in a single-room accommodation.
Police arrived on the scene on Saturday, as neighbours complained of stench emanating from the rented room. They found the body of the woman and skeletal remains believed to be those of her mother.
The house is situated in the rear part of a sweet shop at Arjun Nagar crossing. It is owned by one Virendra Singh, who lives in Kagarol and had rented it out to the two women - a widowed nurse and her daughter who was a teacher. Not much was known about the two women as they were very reclusive.
The landlord told the police that he had rented out the room about 14 years ago for paltry sum and since then had not bothered about it.
The neighbours had been complaining of foul smell for the past couple of days. They finally informed the police on Saturday as the stench became unbearable. When the police searched the house, they were shocked to find the skeletal remains of a human being beside the body identified as that of Veena Agarwal, aged about 55 years.
“Those living nearby could not reveal much but it was learnt that Veena Agarwal was not in a proper frame of mind and had been living with the skeletal remains of her mother who must have died about five to six months ago,” said Neeraj Sharma, the officer in-charge of Shahganj police station.
‘Prima facie, it appears that Veena might have died two or three days ago, with no one to care for her. The body appeared to have been bitten by rats and was much decayed. Her mother worked as nurse but was not seen for the past six months,” he added.
“Forensic experts were called and the body was sent for post mortem. But it cannot be denied that Veena Agarwal was living with the remains of her mother believed to have died six months ago,” Sharma said.
There was no power connection in the house which was in a shabby condition.
“We have come to know that mother of Veena Agarwal was probably nurse at SN Medical College of Agra but she too rarely spoke to locals or anybody in the college” added Sharma who is still trying to trace any relative of the two mystery women.