62-yr-old murdered: Gagged victim fought for each breath, reveals post-mortem

  • Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 11, 2016 14:21 IST
Police questioning the victim’s husband at his house in Ghumar Mandi, Ludhiana. (Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)

The post-mortem report of the 62-year-old woman, Mridula Sachdeva, who was bludgeoned to death at her house in Ghumar Mandi on Thursday, revealed she fought bravely with her killer (s) till her head was smashed with a brass statue, before she was gagged.

During the investigation, the police found the keys of a safe, where cash and valuables were kept, missing.

A board of four doctors, including Dr Gurvinder Kaur, Dr Surbhi, Dr Ripudaman and Dr Milan, conducted the post-mortem and confirmed she was gagged. Her autopsy report states her jaw was fractured and there were injury marks on her hands and neck, which suggested the accused must have used a piece of wire to strangulate her, but she gave a tough resistance.

Though the probe is on, the police are suspecting two or more people involved in the murder. One theory suggests one of the killers might have tried to strangulate her with a wire but she, somehow, held it with her hand, and foiled the bid. In the meantime, the other killers might have hit her head with some metal object, following which she was gagged.

After the post-mortem, the police handed over the body to the family. Her daughters, settled abroad, came here to attend the cremation on Friday.

Mridula Sachdeva was found murdered at her house in Dayal Nagar, Ghumar Mandi. A case of murder has been lodged against unidentified persons.

Stolen scooter recovered

After going through the close circuit television (CCTV) camera footage, a suspect was seen driving away the victim’s Activa scooter. On Friday evening, the police confirmed they had recovered the scooter from Ghumar Mandi. However, the police have not been able to find out the motive behind the killing. Meanwhile, the cops questioned factory workers and domestic help on Friday, but did not a clue.

Meanwhile, the deceased’s pet dog was found unconscious at the crime scene on Thursday. Though the police initially suspected it was also drugged by the killers, they found on Friday that the dog is fragile and ill.

‘Woman went out of way to buy liquid phenyl before incident’

The neighbours told the police they saw the victim around11.30am when she went out to buy liquid phenyl from a street vendor, and after a brief interaction with him she returned. Around 1.30pm, the maid raised an alarm when she discovered the victim lying in a pool of blood.

They said the victim used to always remain cautious of strangers. However, they said she used to keep keys of the scooter in the vehicle.

Her husband Ravinder Sachdeva, who is in a state of shock since Thursday, said he has no idea why anyone will kill his wife. He claimed his family has no rivalry with anyone.

Gaurav Taura, Division Number 8 police station SHO, said they could not get a breakthrough even after questioning employees and ex-employees.

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