A 55-year old woman from Jalandhar in Punjab died in a moving taxi in mysterious circumstances in outer Delhi’s Rohini area early on Wednesday, police said.
According to police, the woman was travelling with a man in the taxi which they had hired from the Old Delhi Railway station to go to her relative’s home in Narela.
A preliminary probe hinted that the woman died a natural death and that she was facing some medical complications for the past couple of years. Investigators, however, are waiting for the autopsy report to establish the exact cause of her death.
They are questioning the man who was accompanying the woman and the taxi driver. The man is said to be her live-in partner who was living with her at her Jalandhar home after the death of her husband.
The matter came to notice at around 2.30am when the taxi driver rushed his vehicle to Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital after he saw that the woman’s health was deteriorating. He also called the police control room.
The taxi driver told police that he became suspicious and called the police as the man accompanying woman insisted on hiring an ambulance and taking her to Punjab for treatment.
Vikramjit Singh, deputy commissioner of police (outer), said the woman has been identified as Kamlesh and had come to Delhi with Om Prakash from Punjab. She came to the Capital to withdraw the money which her husband, who was in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and died around five years ago, had received as pension.
“The two arrived late Tuesday night on a train at the Old Delhi Railway station. They hired a taxi to Narela as they had planned to spend the night at their relative’s home and withdraw the pension money on Wednesday morning,” said Singh.
According to the DCP, they questioned Om Prakash and he told them about her medical history. Om Prakash said he had an argument with the taxi driver over payment after which the driver called the police told them that she died in mysterious circumstances in the moving cab.
“Prima facie, we don’t suspect any foul play behind the widow’s death. But a clean chit will be given to the two men only after we get a confirmation from her autopsy report that she died a natural death,” Singh said adding the Rohini North police is looking into the matter.