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Day after attack, woman identifies accused as a former employee

Tarsem Singh Deogan  Ludhiana, November 30, 2013
First Published: 21:37 IST(30/11/2013) | Last Updated: 21:42 IST(30/11/2013)

A day after her husband was strangulated to death and she was stabbed, Neena Girdhar identified the assailant as a former employee of her husband.

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Narrating the incident to police, the 52-year-old alleged that Chhotu, their former employee, and now a matchmaker, had killed her husband Sudhir Girdhar, 57, and tried to kill her too.

Following the victim's account, the police ascertained that the accused decamped with Rs. 8,000 in cash and some jewellery after attacking the couple.

In her statement to the police, Neena alleged that Chhotu sneaked into their house after jumping over the compound wall around 8.30pm on Thursday.

After entering their house, the accused cut off the power connection and hid in the verandah.

“As the power went out, I, along with my husband Sudhir, went outside to find the reason, but came inside soon. Meanwhile, a masked man appeared and pushed us down to the floor. He then lifted an idol of lord Krishna and hit both of us in the head,” Neena said.

“The accused warned us to remain mum and demanded key of the almirahs. As my husband was paralysed, we were unable to confront the accused. We begged him not to hurt us, following which he started pushing us inside a room. Meanwhile, his mask came off and I identified him and scolded him,” she added.

Breaking down in tears, the woman said Chhotu then dragged her husband to the bathroom and tied him up with a belt, before strangulating him to death with a piece of cloth. The accused then took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her thrice in the neck.

Neena asked when she confronted Chhotu about what he did to her husband, he replied that he had knocked him out, following which she turned unconscious.

When she gathered some conscious, she crawled towards the main gate to get help.

The police officials investigating the matter said the accused was earlier an employee of the Girdhars. He later became a matchmaker and contacted the family for a match of their nephew.

Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) (crime) Gurbans Singh Bains said the police were very close to solving the case and had launched a manhunt to arrest the accused.

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