| A crowd in front of the Sarkar residence at Airview Complex on Thursday. Picture by Surajit Roy
Malda, Sept. 27: A 52-year-old widow and her younger daughter were found murdered at their Airview Complex residence here this morning.
Maya and 22-year-old Anusha Sarkar’s bodies were discovered by their maid Saraswati Sardar when she reported for work around 7am.
Anusha lay in a pool of clotted blood on the floor in the bedroom. Maya, with jewellery scattered around her head, was on the bed. The lower part of the body was covered with only a towel. There were three gold rings on a table and the lockers of the two steel almirahs were open.
The elder daughter of the family, Ananya, studies physics in Jadavpur University and is away in Calcutta. Neighbours had informed police after Saraswati raised the alarm. No one was arrested.
Senior police officers who visited the two-storied house said the murders were committed between 9 and 11 last night and the victims probably knew the killers.
“Or else, they would not have opened the two collapsible gates. The Sarkars were not known to be very sociable,” an investigating officer said.
The Sarkars lived in the first floor while two tenants occupied the ground floor. Maya was a teacher at Krishnamohan Balika Vidyalaya while Anusha was a student of mathematics honours in Malda College. Maya’s husband, Hem Sarkar, died three years ago and was a deputy inspector of schools in the district.
The police said both the women had been strangled and hacked. They claimed that the person or persons responsible for the crime did not take away anything of value from the room.
Investigators said last evening Maya had gone out in her Maruti Omni and returned at 9pm after which driver Narayan Pal garaged the car. Both Pal and the maid are being interrogated. The two tenants are also being questioned.
Additional police superintendent Sujit Sarkar said fingerprint and forensic experts have been summoned from Calcutta. “We hope the elder daughter, who has started from Calcutta, can throw some light on the case,” Sarkar said.
The inspector-in-charge of the Englishbazar police station, Prasad Pradhan, said the murders were probably committed because of some animosity. “Nothing was stolen and while there were injury marks on the breasts, the women were not raped. The neighbours, too, did not hear anything. The killers may have tried to mislead the police by giving the impression that there was robbery and rape,” Pradhan said.