Agartala, Oct. 16: A retired schoolteacher, Manju Rani Das, 65, was brutally murdered at her residence in Jaynagar here last night.
Deputy superintendent of police R.K. Roy today said the victim, a former teacher of Upendra Vidya Bhawan, used to live alone after her husband, Beni Madhav Das, a retired government employee, passed away in 2009.
“Her son, Shirshendu and daughter-in-law live in Jallandhar, Punjab, where her son works as an executive in a private company. Manju Rani used to shuttle between the Jallandhar home of her son and her house in Agartala. Shirshendu had dropped her here before Durga Puja and returned to join work. She was alone last night when miscreants broke into the first floor of the two-storey apartment and hacked her to death before escaping with cash, gold ornaments and other valuables.”
Roy said after failing to contact his mother over phone since last night, Shirshendu called up their tenant, Anal Das, 38, who lived on the ground floor and requested him to enquire about the matter.
“Anal went up to the first floor around 8.30 this morning and found that all the doors and windows were open. He then saw Manju Rani lying in a pool of blood on the floor. During questioning both Anal and his wife Mita said they had heard no sound or movement on the first floor last night. According to the post-mortem report, Manju Rani was strangled and hacked to death around 10.30 last night,” the police officer said.
The body would be handed over to Shirshendu for cremation after he arrives from Punjab, he added.
The brutal murder in a posh area of the town has shocked many people.
Advocate Purushottam Roy Barman, secretary of Tripura Human Rights Organisation, an NGO that runs an old home Sandhyaneer, said many elderly persons are forced to live alone and without adequate security since their children often go to work abroad or in other states and settle there.
“We are flooded with requests for keeping old parents at our home by people settled abroad or in other states of the country. Very few people nowadays are willing to take their parents where they are settled. Hence, many elderly persons are left to fend for themselves.”
He said if the children care for their parents, they would never leave them alone at home to lead a lonely life.