The Pathankot police claimed to have solved the murder case of an 85-year-old woman within 24 hours of her murder and arrested two people who allegedly killed her and robed her gold ornaments.
Police have also recovered the ornaments, which in fact were artificial, and the rope that was used to strangulate her from their possession.
On April 18, the victim, Mohana Devi, was found dead at her residence at Ananadpur Rarha locality.
Police and locals had been suspecting it a murder, as the victim’s body bore blood spots — coming from her ears — and scars around her neck.
Though police told locals that she could have died of sudden rise in her blood pressure, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal asked his officers the scars around her neck was a major clue.
Police later rounded up two youths, who later purportedly admitted to have killed her for gold ornaments.
The told Hindustan Times that as police were suspecting it a murder and with the help of the victim’s son, Rakesh Kumar, collected details about people visiting her mother, as she used to live in an isolated part of the house.
When we were told about a plumber, Dinesh Kumar of Pathankot, who used to visit the house as routine, police picked him up for quizzing.
Dinesh later admitted that he along with an accomplice, Manav Mahajan, a neighbour of the woman, killed her for gold ornament.
They purportedly stated they had lost all money in gambling, and therefore, to recover from the losses they planned to rob of the elderly woman and killed her, said police.
They admitted that they strangulated her till she died and pulled her earrings that caused bleeding from her ears, said police.
Police also seized the rope that was used to kill the elderly woman, said the SSP, adding, the accused have been booked under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).