Colonel’s mother blud­geoned to death at Am­bala Cantt res­i­dence

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

AM­BALA: An Army colonel’s mother was blud­geoned to death at her house in Am­bala Can­ton­ment’s Ajit Na­gar Colony.

The 73-year-old vic­tim’s body, with her hands and legs tied to­gether and chilli pow­der smeared on her face, was found in a pool of blood on Thurs­day night.

The de­ceased Usha Sing­hal had been stay­ing alone in the house, which is just 100 me­tre from a po­lice sta­tion. The house had also been ran­sacked.

Po­lice sus­pect loot to be the mo­tive be­hind the mur­der. The vic­tim ap­peared to have been stran­gu­lated and hit by a blunt ob­ject. Po­lice are await­ing the post­mortem and foren­sic re­ports be­fore reg­is­ter­ing a case.

The vic­tim’s son, Colonel San­deep Sing­hal, is posted at Su­rat­garh in Ra­jasthan. He had last vis­ited her on Mon­day.

A neigh­bour­ing fam­ily had been stay­ing with her till Tues­day as their house was be­ing ren­o­vated. When their con­trac­tor vis­ited the woman’s house to keep some ce­ment bags on Thurs­day, no one re­sponded. When he told the neigh­bours about this, they vis­ited the house and upon open­ing the door found the woman’s body. Fam­ily mem­bers said Usha wanted to rent out a por­tion of the house be­fore mov­ing to Su­rat­garh with his son as she did not want to keep it locked.

The vic­tim’s hus­band, who worked for BSNL, had died 25 years ago. Her two daugh­ters are mar­ried and live in Panchkula and Dehradun.

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