Traders on Friday observed shutdown in protest against the murder of 84-year-old woman by unidentified criminals. Her daughter-in-law, who was injured in the attack and under treatment at PGI in Chandigarh, has been showing signs of recovery.
Most business establishments, schools and colleges of the town remained closed in response to a call by political and social organisations. People held a demonstration at Pehowa Chowk, demanding arrest of the assailants. Meanwhile, body of deceased Beero Devi was cremated in the morning. A large number of residents were present at the funeral.
Kaithal superintendent of police (SP) Kuldeep Singh Yadav said four police teams had been constituted to investigate into the case and bring the culprits to book. The assailants were yet to be identified, he said.
Sources said no household articles were found missing and locks of almirahs and cupboards were found intact.
The murder has sent shockwaves in the town. The markets, which are generally found open at night, were closed early and streets wore a deserted look as people preferred to stay indoors.