Cops suspect robbery, molestation bid as charred bodies of mother, daughter found in Amritsar
The case, being seen as a robbery and molestation bid that turned fatal, came to light after a some residents of the locality saw flames rising from the house.punjab Updated: Feb 06, 2018 19:10 IST
Burnt bodies of a 40-year-old government school clerk and her 20-year-old daughter — the latter tied to a bed in a semi-naked state — were found in their house in Darshan Avenue here in the early hours of Tuesday.
The case, being seen as a robbery and molestation bid that turned fatal, came to light after a some residents of the locality saw flames rising from the house around 1am and called the police and fire brigade. While the clerk’s body was significantly charred and found in a room on the ground floor, the daughter’s body was tied with robes to a bed in a room on the first floor and had burn marks too.
The woman was separated from her second husband and had a younger son who had left for Canada last month to study, while the daughter had recently graduated from college.
“When the fire brigade came, the main gate of the house was already open, which shows there was no forced entry. Things were scattered, hinting at a robbery bid,” said additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) Jagjit Singh Walia, who reached the spot with police commissioner SS Srivastava and DCP (investigation) Jagmohan Singh, besides forensic experts.
He said preliminary probe shows the daughter may have been molested (hence HT withholding identity as per law); “but that will be confirmed in the autopsy report”. Police booked unidentified persons under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code for now.
The woman’s brother, who lives in a nearby town where she works too, “Someone from her neighbourhood called me to inform that fire had broken out in her house. I reached around 4 am when the fire had just been extinguished.” He confirmed the state in which the bodies were found and also suspected robbery. Their mobile phones are missing, he said.
Insider job? ‘No noise, dog quiet’
As panic gripped the locality, residents in the same lane said they did not hear any noise. A passerby came to know of a fire as flames started rising. One of the neighbours, who identified herself as Paramjit Kaur, said, “They were not very familiar with residents of the street. Someone may have come through an abandoned plot near their house. We are in shock.”
The duo had started living here two years ago, having shifted. Another neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said, “There was a German Shepherd dog in their house and it didn’t bark, it seems. We did not hear any screams.”
The duo had shifted to this locality two years ago, police said; and lived with her brother before that. She had divorced her first husband and was living separately from her second husband without formal divorce, police further said.
(The story has been updated)
First Published: Feb 06, 2018 12:00 IST