The body of a homemaker was found on the first floor of her two-storey house at Christian Para in Champahati, Baruipur, on Monday afternoon.
Sabita Das, 56, was found lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit.
Daughter Madhumita Mukherjee came to the house around 3pm after she failed to reach her over the phone. Sabita’s husband Sanat, a retired state government employee, had left home for Diamond Harbour, where he works for a private company, in the morning.
Madhumita saw a bucket half filled with water near her mother’s body suggesting that she was mopping the floor when someone came. The main door was open and the lone almirah in the room ransacked. The family was not sure about the items that have been stolen.
“It is possible that the murderer was known to the victim,” said an officer of Baruipur police station. “The murder was committed possibly because the assassin wanted to keep his identity under wraps,” he added.
Investigation suggests that the assassin might be a local who knew that Sabita would be alone at home in the afternoon.
“We are trying to gather information about those who were close to the family and would visit the house often,” said another officer. “It could be that there was a second person involved in the crime,” he added.