75-year-old woman murdered at Shalimar Bagh home on a day Delhi turns a fortress for R-Day
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75-year-old woman murdered at Shalimar Bagh home on a day Delhi turns a fortress for R-Day

The crime took place when over 60,000 security personnel panned across the city to keep a tight vigil during the Republic Day celebrations.

delhi Updated: Jan 26, 2018 21:36 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times
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Raj Rani Grover lived alone in her two-storey building

A 75-year-old woman, registered with the senior citizen cell of Delhi Police, was found dead with her throat slit at her home in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh on Friday afternoon.

Raj Rani Grover lived alone in her two-storey building. Police suspect robbery could be the motive for the crime as some gold jewellery and cash were missing from her home.

The crime took place when over 60,000 security personnel panned across the city to keep a tight vigil during the Republic Day celebrations.

The murder was discovered around 4.30 pm, almost four hours after the Republic Day parade ended.

Locals told investigators that they had seen Raj Rani sitting on a bench in a park near her building in the afternoon. “A neighbour told police that three men who had been hired to repair a water pump and pipeline met Raj Rani in the park and went with her back home, saying they wanted to finish the work,” said an investigator.

Raj Rani’s son said he had hired an electrician and a plumber but was unaware of any third man working with them. The family members last visited Raj Rani on Thursday.

Police suspect the involvement of three men, including a plumber and an electrician, who were working at the elderly woman’s home the for the past four days.

Police found CCTV camera footage in which the suspects are seen walking away in the lane outside the woman’s home. No one had been arrested till the filing of this report.

Rajrani’s two sons live separately but in the same locality with their families. Her husband Jaswant Singh died a few years ago, police said.

Aslam Khan, deputy commissioner of police (northwest), said the murder was discovered when Raj Rani’s grandson, Lakshya, went to visit his grandmother and found her dead on the bedroom floor. Raj Rani lived on the ground floor. The other two floors had been rented out.

Khan said the main door was shut from inside when Lakshya went to meet his grandmother. When Lakshya’s repeated knocks went unanswered, he went to the back door and found it open.

“Lakshya went inside and found his grandmother on the floor. Her throat had been slit. The almirah had been ransacked. Her gold bangles, other jewellery items and some cash were missing,” said Khan.

A CCTV camera had been installed at the main entry of the flat but it does not have a recording facility.

No other items in the flat were touched, which suggested the killers knew where the woman kept her cash and jewellery. “We registered a case of murder. Ten teams have been formed to identify and arrest the killers,” she said.

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First Published: Jan 26, 2018 21:35 IST