A 70-Year-old retired teacher living alone in her Greater Kailash house in south Delhi was found smothered to death on Wednesday. Her hands and legs had been tied and her body was found under a heap of clothes in her bedroom, police said.
The house had been ransacked but police said the motive was still not clear as jewellery and other valuables were untouched.
Nishi Banga used to live alone in the first-floor of her house in N block, GK-I. She had rented out the ground floor. Her husband Harbans Singh and sons, Vikas and Vishal, were settled in Italy.
She was last seen on Tuesday, around 7.30 pm, when she had gone for an evening walk along with a relative. “Her husband had asked her several times to shift to Italy but she did not budge. She was attached to this house. She had not employed
any domestic help, apprehending trouble. She cooked on her own,” said Babli Alagh, the relative with whom she had gone out on Tuesday.
Banga retired from NCERT 12 years ago and was looking after her family business.
The police are probing the role of two technicians from Kashmere Gate who visited her on Tuesday to repair the refrigerator.
“We are also questioning the domestic helps and labourers in the area. The motive is still not clear as a large jewelry box in the house was found untouched,” said Anil Shukla, DCP (south).
“The assailants had entered the house from the back door. We have lifted almost 40 finger prints from the crime scene,” said an officer.
The police said they had approached Banga few months ago and had asked her to register herself with the senior citizen cell, but she refused.