A 65-year-old non-resident Indian (NRI) woman was murdered at her house in Koja village near Bhogpur town, around 25 km from district headquarters, on Tuesday morning.
The victim has been identified as Surinder Kaur. She had returned from Canada, where her two daughters and a son are settled, on February 9 this year. Her husband Kirpal Singh, 70, who is suffering from paralysis, was in another room when Kaur was attacked with sharp-edged weapons. Police have no clue about the accused. Robbery is suspected to be the prime motive.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Kartarpur, Arvind Puri said the crime occurred around 7am. Senior officials, including senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, rushed to the spot after getting information around 7.30am. Forensic team too reached there to collect evidence.
Puri said the body has been shifted to the civil hospital for postmortem. A case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against unidentified persons.
“We have called the victim’s family members. The case is being probed from all angles,” said a cop.
Third major crime in past one year
This is third major crime reported in and around Bhogpur town in the past one year. An elderly woman was murdered and her minor granddaughter raped by unidentified accused at a dhaba on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway at Sanora village on the intervening night of July 2 and 3 last year. The girl, later, succumbed to her injuries. The case remains unsolved.
The rural police have also been groping in the dark in the murder case of Baba Pritam Singh, 62, head of a dera. He was shot dead by two unidentified men at Barchuhi village in Bhogpur town on June 25 last year.