A domestic help in her mid-30s was found murdered on Friday morning in a ground-floor room of a two-storeyed house in the Tallah area. Police suspect a part of electrical wire found beside the body was used to strangulate her.
The house is owned by a university teacher who stays on the first floor. He had rented out the ground floor to one of his PhD students.
The student is based in Park Circus but her 80-year-old grandmother lives in the ground-floor room of the Tallah house. The victim, Mansura Bibi, used to look after the elderly woman.
Police said Mansura, a widow, had been appointed four months ago to look after Shibani Dhar. Mansura’s three children live with her parents in Ketugram, Burdwan.
“She used to cook and do all household chores for Shibani,” said an officer of Tallah police station.
Police said the woman was murdered around midnight on Thursday. “For an unknown person, getting access to the ground floor would have been impossible because the main entrance used to be locked most of the time. It suggests someone in the house had opened the gate and allowed the suspect in,” the officer said.
“The victim’s clothes were dishevelled. It could be because she resisted the assassin. We are not ruling out any possibility,” the officer said.