A 65-year-old woman was allegedly bludgeoned to death by robbers on Wednesday when she was alone at home in a gated community in Sector 55.
The unknown attackers hit the elderly woman, Jayarani, on her head with a sharp-edged weapon before making off with jewellery and cash, the police said.
She died of an injury on the right side of her head and a portion of ear has been cut off, the police said, adding that the post-mortem report is awaited.
The woman, who had a limp, lived in flat number 107 in the first floor of the Brothers Apartment with her son and daughter-in-law, and their three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
Her son Kajal Kumar works at the Noida office of research and development company RocSearch while daughter-in-law Monica works with a fluid handling system manufacturing company, Graco India Private Limited, at its Udyog Vihar (Gurgaon) office. The family had shifted to the present residence on July 31.
The incident came to the fore around 1:35 pm, when a woman living in flat number 109 collected Jayarani’s granddaughter from below and escorted her to the house. The police said she rang the doorbell and when there was no response, she opened the door, which was unlocked, and entered the house to find Jayarani lying in a pool of blood in the master bedroom. She raised the alarm and the family was informed about the incident.
The police said prima facie, it appeared that the woman had struggled with the attacker(s) who ransacked the house, including all almirahs, before fleeing the spot. The robbers took away the golden necklace, rings and ear rings that Jayarani was wearing.
The family is yet to ascertain the total loss of cash and jewellery. “We have not estimated how much has been stolen,” Monica said.
Based on the family’s complaint, police at Sector 56 police station has lodged a case of murder (section 302), robbery (section 392) and house trespassing (section 452) of the Indian Penal Code. The police are trying to procure the CCTV footage from the residential society for investigation purposes.
“We have lodged a case. The investigations are on. We will procure CCTV footage also. Someone known to the family had committed the crime,” said Narendra Kumar, station house officer, Sector 56.
“The incident took place between the time when her son and daughter-in-law left for office and the granddaughter returned from school. Someone know to the family may have done this,” he said.