A 62-year-old woman was bludgeoned to death by unidentified men when she was alone at her house in the posh Dayal Nagar locality of Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Thursday.
The deceased had been identified as Mridula Sachdeva, wife of an industrialist. The accused also tried to strangle her with a piece of wire, said the police, ruling out robbery as the motive behind the murder as there were no signs of forced entry into the house. The accused didn’t take away cash or jewellery worn by the victim. The police said the accused fled on a scooter parked in the house after committing the crime.
The incident came to light at 1.30pm when the victim’s maid spotted her body lying in a pool of blood. She raised the alarm and called the neighbours, following which the police were informed. The victim’s husband, Ravinder Sachdeva, who runs a spare parts factory, was not home.
The police have recovered a blood-stained iron rod and a wire used to kill the victim from the spot.
Station house officer (SHO), Division Number 8 police station Gaurav Taura said: “Prima facie it appears that an acquaintance is behind the killing. We are questioning former employees and the domestic help.” He added personal enmity could be a reason behind the murder. The victim’s husband, who was in a state of shock, was not able to give his statement to the police.
The police are scanning the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage installed in the area to get a clue about the killers.
The woman is survived by her husband and two daughters, who are settled in Sydney and Saudi Arabia.
A case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against unidentified accused.