76-year-old tied up, mur­dered at home

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - Shiv Sunny shiv.sunny@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: A 76-year-old woman was found tied up and mur­dered at her home in south Delhi’s Sav­itri Na­gar on Tues­day morn­ing. Po­lice said she ap­peared to have been smoth­ered us­ing a bed sheet.

Since the woman’s house and almi­rahs were found ran­sacked, po­lice said the crime scene gave the im­pres­sion that rob­bery was the mo­tive be­hind the mur­der. How­ever, prob­lems be­tween the woman and one of her sons as well as on­go­ing prop­erty dis­putes in the fam­ily have forced the po­lice to probe the fam­ily’s role in the mur­der si­mul­ta­ne­ously, said Ish­war Singh, DCP (south).

The mur­dered woman, Chan­dra­mukhi Gu­lia, lived alone on the first floor of a multi-storey build­ing that was owned by her. Depen­dra Pathak, chief spokesper­son of Delhi Po­lice, said Chan­dra­mukhi owned sub­stan­tial prop­erty in the city and even re­ceived rental money. Her husband died in 2011.

Two of her sons and a daugh­ter are set­tled abroad while one other daugh­ter lives in Sonepat. One other son, Kuldeep, lives with his fam­ily on the third floor of the same house. “Kuldeep and his mother were not on talk­ing terms and he did not visit her de­spite shar­ing the same house. She had also filed a crim­i­nal case against him a few years ago. The broth­ers were also in­volved in a prop­erty dis­pute,” said Chin­moy Biswal, ad­di­tional DCP (south).

But ac­cord­ing to Gu­lia’s rel­a­tives, it was Kuldeep who first dis­cov­ered his mother’s body.

The cops sus­pect the woman may have been killed at night as there was a charred pan on the stove. Also, the en­try into the house does not seem to be forced, sug­gest­ing she may have been killed by some­one known to her.

Chan­dra­mukhi Gu­lia

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