Old woman strangled to death in Aliganj
AN OLD woman, Shyamavati (72), was murdered at her Aliganj residence, close to the Aliganj police station, on Sunday. Significantly, the murder took place despite the presence of private security guards at the woman?s residence. Police suspect the hand of someone known to the woman in the incident.india Updated: Oct 16, 2006 01:12 IST
AN OLD woman, Shyamavati (72), was murdered at her Aliganj residence, close to the Aliganj police station, on Sunday. Significantly, the murder took place despite the presence of private security guards at the woman’s residence. Police suspect the hand of someone known to the woman in the incident.
Also being treated as a suspect is a private security guard who was removed recently after the old woman had complained about his errant ways. The owners of the security agency were being questioned as well.
Shyamavati lived alone at her first floor L 2/16 sector B Colony residence after the death of her husband Manmohan Lal Srivastava in 2001. To ensure her security, her family members had hired private security guards from Jai Ma Durga Security Agency.
On Saturday night, Ram Sajeevan was on guard duty. When on Sunday, he knocked at Shyamavati’s door, he didn’t get any answer. After trying a few more times, the guard reportedly called up Shyamavati’s neighbours who contacted Shyamavati’s daughter Dr Meera Srivastava, resident of sector M colony.
After sometime, neighbours and relatives broke the window grill and entered the house. They found Shyamavati dead. Blood from Shymavati’s nose indicated that she had been strangulated.
A muffler was also found on the floor with blood on it. Jewellery that Shyamavati used to wear was missing. Besides, the almirah in Shymavati’s room too was open with all valuables stolen from the locker.
Senior police officials, including Inspector General of Police, SSP, ASP rushed to the scene of crime after hearing the news. Dog squad and fingerprint
experts too were summoned. Shymavati’s neighbour IK Jauhari said the old lady rarely went out.
Family members said Shyamavati used to regularly lock the door from inside while the guards stayed in the gallery outside after locking up the main channel door.
On Sunday, however, the channel gate was not locked. Though the family members denied that someone close to Shyamavati might have played a role in the murder, the cops are probing all possibilities.
The family members suspect the involvement of a security guard, Pappu, who had been removed by Shyamavati for misconduct. After the complaint, the security agency owners had posted Ram Sajeevan and Shiv Narayan as replacement, doing duty by turns.
A police party has been rushed to Atrauli village in Mehmoodabad, Pappu’s native place. The guard on night duty is also being interrogated. The incident once again puts a question on the security of elderly people living alone.
First Published: Oct 16, 2006 01:12 IST