Two men stabbed a housewife to death with beer bottles and decamped with Rs 3 lakh in cash and jewellery in Paschim Vihar on Thursday.
Kiran Kapoor (55) was stabbed as many as 24 times with two broken bottles and a knife the attackers borrowed from the kitchen.
Kapoor and her daughter Saakshi (25) had returned to their State Bank of India Nagar house after a satsang (prayer meet) around quarter past seven in the evening, police said.
While Kapoor switched on the television in their drawing-cum-dining room, Saakshi, a kindergarten teacher at a nearby school, went inside. No one else was in the house, the police added.
“There was a knock on the front door and Kapoor answered it. Two men forced their way in and warned her not to make any noise. But Kapoor started screaming. One of the robbers overpowered her while the other increased the volume of the television set to drown out her cries,” said a senior police officer who declined to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media. “One of them grabbed Kapoor and hit her with a beer bottle they were carrying, on her head,” he added.
Hearing the commotion, Saakshi possibly entered the room and hid under the dining table. She then tried calling her father Ashok, a chartered accountant who was at work, but could not get through.
Then she called her brother Ashish, a banker, who also was at work, but could not get through. Ashish was supposed to be engaged this Sunday.
The robbers, who did not notice her, left with the booty.
Saakshi finally got through to her uncle Manish, who called the police and reached the house to find her under the dining table in a state of shock.
Police rushed the victim to Bala Ji Action Hospital, where Kapoor was declared brought dead. Her body was sent to Sanjay Gandhi Mortuary for a post-mortem.
Sakshi’s cousin, Sandeep Dhal said: “There were shattered pieces of two Hayward’s 5000 beer bottles everywhere. Saakshi was not talking to anyone and unable to move. She realised her mother was dead only after two hours.”
“I don’t know how this happened,” was all Ashok could say.
This wasn’t the first time the family had been targeted. A month back, two men took away their Santro car on the pretext of servicing it.
Police officials said that a case of robbery has been registered in Paschim Vihar police station against unknown assailants.