On Thursday, another senior citizen was murdered in a gruesome manner in the Capital. Nirmal Arora, a retired Indian Air Force (IAF) employee’s wife, was allegedly tied up with the wire of an electric iron and her throat slit by unidentified assailants at their east Delhi residence—barely 300 metres away from the local police station.
The police say the incident took place around noon when 66-year-old Nirmal was alone at her double-storey house in Shiva Market, Geeta Colony. Nirmal and her husband, Som Nath Arora (70), had been living in the house for the last two decades.
“They had been living alone for eight years after their youngest daughter, Rachna, got married,” said Rajesh Batra (35), her eldest son-in-law and an administrative officer at east Delhi’s Bharti Public School.
Police said Rs 12,000 in cash and a gold chain were missing.
“Her husband left for office at 10 am and she was watching television in her room on the first floor,” said Batra.
Arora—an ex-field officer in the IAF who opted for voluntary retirement in the early 1980s—works as a distribution agent for ayurvedic major Hamdard.
Police said though it was difficult to ascertain the number of assailants, it could not have been the handiwork of a single person.
“There is no sign of a forced entry. We suspect that some one known to the family is involved in the murder,” said a senior police officer. According to police, this was certain as the assailants allegedly gained a friendly entry to the house through the main door.
“They entered through the main door, made their way up the single flight of stairs and threatened her before resorting to violence,” said the officer.
Nirmal was allegedly tied up with the wire of an electric iron after she attempted to resist the assailants. After tying her up, the assailants allegedly stabbed her in the ankle first and then slit her throat, police said.
“We have registered a case of murder and robbery and investigations into the matter are underway,” said K.C. Dwivedi, deputy commissioner of police, east Delhi.