The principal of Kanya Maha Vidyalaya (KMV), the oldest women's college in this Punjab region, was found murdered along with three other employees on Sunday morning.
College staff recovered the body of principal Rita Bawa and three other employees, two male guards and a cook, inside the college campus on Sunday morning.
The multiple murders come as an embarrassment for the Punjab government and state police as the state government is organising a Punjabi non-resident Indians (NRI) conference in Jalanddhar on Sunday.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, ministers and top political leaders and officials and hundreds of NRIs will participate in Sunday's conference here with tight security measures in place in and around the city.
The murders have left the Jalandhar police baffled.
The principal, in her 50s, was residing alone in the principal's lodge on the college campus. She was apparently hit by a blunt-edged weapon.
Police officials investigating the murder said that robbery did not seem the motive as her ornaments were intact. "We are investigating the case. There could be more than one person involved," a deputy superintendent of police said.
The police also believe that the three employees were murdered as they must have seen Bawa being killed or her attackers running away and challenged them.
The college, set up in 1886, is one of the oldest and most well-known women's institution in the region, attracting girl students from all the northern states.