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Army Public School teacher from Panchkula stabbed 25 times, body found in car

The schoolteacher went missing from Panchkula’s Sector 20 market, where she had gone to buy pizza with her son

punjab Updated: May 13, 2017 15:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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Family members consoling victim Reena Devi’s (above) husband Sandeep Kumar in Panchkula on Friday.(Sant Arora/HT Photo)

A 39-year-old woman schoolteacher was found dead in her car with at least 25 stab wounds on her body, hours after she had gone to buy pizza with her 15-year-old son at Panchkula’s Sector-20 market on Thursday night.

With her son still at the pizza shop at 9.30pm, Reena Devi (39), who taught at Shaurya Army Public School, Chandimandir Cantonment, went missing with her car, only to be found brutally murdered inside her vehicle at Bhander Ghati on the Chandimandir-Ramgarh road after midnight.

The deceased, Reena Devi. ( HT Photo )

She lived with her two sons in a flat at Peer Muchalla near Sector 20 while her husband Sandeep Kumar, a retired armyman, works as security in-charge at a factory in Baddi. He visited the family on weekends.

The vehicle was spotted by a police control room (PCR) van. Police have taken in custody CCTV footage from Sector 20 market.

According to the post-mortem report, she was stabbed with a sharp-edged weapon. She had 50 injuries in all, which included 28 stab wounds. Most of the wounds were on the left side of her body while one on her right arm and one on the head.

She died of multiple organ failure due to a knife stab in the chest, which hit her lung too, the report said.

As per preliminary findings, the sexual assault had been ruled out.

The police are investigating the case.

No clear lead so far

Chandimandir station house officer (SHO) Mohit Handa said the reason behind the murder was not clear. “We are investigating the matter.” The victim’s son, who was accompanying her on Thursday night, told the police that he returned home after he did not find her at the market.

Two bottles of liquor, as many cigarette stubs and a helmet were found in the car. There is a possibility that she was with someone before the murder, the police said. The police are not sure as to why the boy did not raise an alarm after he did not find his mother in the market.

  • Police also suspect the murder as a fallout of a broken family with the victim’s husband staying alone in Baddi, not far from Panchkula
  • Locals in Per Muchalla said that the victim did not interact much with people in her neighbourhood.
  • Two bottles of liquor, as many cigarette stubs and a helmet were found in the car. There is possibility she was with someone before murder, police said

’Killed by someone with a lot of aggression’

One of the doctors who conducted post-mortem on the victim’s body said the deep wounds indicate that she was murdered by someone with a lot of aggression. The injuries also suggest there was a scuffle before her death. The woman was stabbed several times near her heart, leading to her death due to bleeding, he said. There were wounds on her back also. Blood was found in the front as well as the windows of her car.

In December last year, an engineering student was taken away at gunpoint from the Sector-20 market and was allegedly raped. She was then abandoned near Majri Chowk.

First Published: May 13, 2017 10:08 IST