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Army school teacher’s murder in Panchkula: 50 injuries on body, autopsy rules out sexual assault

The victim, who taught at Army Public School, Chandimandir , was found in a pool of blood in her white Maruti Celerio car at Bander Ghati near the Morni T-point.

punjab Updated: May 13, 2017 22:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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Family members consoling victim Reena Devi’s husband Sandeep Kumar in Panchkula.(Sant Arora/HT)

The post-mortem on the body of a 39-year-old schoolteacher, who was found with multiple stab wounds in her car after she went missing from Panchkula’s Sector 20 market where she had gone to buy pizza with her son on Thursday night, has ruled out the possibility of any sexual assault on her before the murder was committed.

Reena Devi

The victim, Reena Devi, who taught at Army Public School, Chandimandir , was found in a pool of blood in her white Maruti Celerio car at Bander Ghati near the Morni T-point. She was declared brought dead at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. As many as 28 stab wounds and 50 injuries, including scratch marks, were found on the body, pointing towards a scuffle between the victim and the killer.

The autopsy says most of the injuries were on the left side of the body while there was one each injury on the head and the right arm. A stab wound in the victim’s chest proved to be fatal as it pierced through the lungs, the autopsy report says.

Vaginal swabs sent to laboratory

The victim’s vaginal swabs have been sent to the state forensic laboratory, Madhuban, in Karnal, to ascertain among other things the possibility of consensual sex before the murder. The crime weapon, a knife, two liquor bottles, two cigarette stubs and a helmet were found in the car.

The woman had been staying with her two sons at Zirakpur while her husband lives at Baddi where he works as security in-charge with a manufacturing unit. He visited the family on weekends, it has been learnt. Puru, the couple’s eldest son who accompanied to her to the market, did not inform the police.

At around 10:45pm on Thursday, a PCR van noticed the car with its lights and headlights on. The window from the driver’s side was open. It was the police who informed Reena’s husband about her murder on Friday morning.

No breakthrough, cops busy with CM’s security

The city police have not made any breakthrough in the case with most of the cops being busy with the security of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar who was in the city on Saturday.

“After she went along with her son to buy pizza at Sector 20, she went somewhere. Her son returned home on his own. We are trying to verify all the statements. We have got some clues but can’t share them right now,” said Chandimandir station house officer (SHO) Mohit Handa.

First Published: May 13, 2017 22:50 IST