Sisters found dead at home in east Delhi, stalking suspected

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2016 00:21 IST
Poonam (20), one of two sisters who were found dead in their apartment. Police suspect a stalker behind the murders.

A 20-year-old- woman and her 12-year-old sister were found dead inside their house in east Delhi’s Khichripur on Friday morning.

The family members told investigators that the 20-year-old was being stalked by a neighbour for the past few months. Both bodies had strangulation marks.

The bodies were discovered when one of their friends went to their house and found the gate latched from outside. “The friend then reportedly called the 20-year-old and could hear her phone ringing inside the house. He opened the latch and entered the house to find the two sisters lying on the floor with froth on their mouths,” said a police officer.

“He alerted the neighbours and informed the police at 10.45 am. A police team reached the spot and took the sisters to the hospital where they were declared dead on arrival,” a senior police officer said.

The mother of the deceased works as a labourer at a factory and the father is a security guard. Neither of them was home when the incident happened, police said.

During investigation, it came to light that the 20-year-old was being stalked by a neighbour who has gone missing. “We have registered a case of murder and are trying to zero in on the suspects. We expect to make arrests soon,” police said.

A relative of the sisters said, “The girl was being stalked by a man and the parents had even approached the police about it but no action was taken.” The police, however, said they did not receive any such complaint.

Police do not suspect sexual assault as their clothes were intact and there were no other visible injury marks on the body apart from the strangulation marks. The bodies were sent for a postmortem. The police ruled out robbery.

“It may be personal enmity as the house was not ransacked. Only a few things were displaced, indicating that the girls resisted the killers’ attempt. It appears that more than two people barged into the house, killed the sisters, and then locked the door from the outside before fleeing,” police said.

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