Woman shot dead on busy road

A property broker was shot dead when she was standing in front of a homeopath's chamber in Titagarh, on the northern fringe of the city, on Saturday night.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 10.09.18
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Sajeda Khatun

Titagarh: A property broker was shot dead when she was standing in front of a homeopath's chamber in Titagarh, on the northern fringe of the city, on Saturday night.

Police said Sajeda Khatun, in her early 40s, was shot thrice at point-blank range on a busy road in Udanpara, in ward 19 of Titagarh Municipality, around 9pm.

One of the bullets smashed her nasal bone and got lodged in her head. The other two were pumped into her abdomen and her back.

The mother of two daughters was taken to BN Bose Hospital in Barrackpore, where she was declared dead on arrival.

Witnesses have told the police that the assailant was accompanied by two or three persons.

The police are yet to ascertain the motive for the murder.

Officers investigating the case said Sajeda, whose husband Mohammad Shamim is a neighbourhood grocer, was involved in social work in the area and was also a property broker.

"We are trying to find out whether the murder had any link with the woman's business deals," an officer of Titagarh police station said.

"We suspect the attack was triggered by some personal enmity. The way the woman was shot on a busy road suggests a professional killer was involved."

Witnesses said Sajeda was standing on the road in front of the chamber of Mohammad Yusuf, the homeopath, waiting for her turn to be called in, when a youth approached her.

He took out a gun tucked in his waist and fired at Sajeda. The attacker fled before anyone could react.

"The murder was not for any gain," an officer investigating the case said. "The woman was holding an iPhone. The killer did not take it away."

The sleuths suspect the attacker was from a nearby area. "He and his associates are familiar with the roads and the lanes of the locality.... They must have been tipped off that the victim would visit the doctor's chamber at that time," the officer said.

Investigators said they would scan the call details of Sajeda's cellphone. "It is possible that the killer was hired by someone. We will go through the victim's call list to identify the persons with whom she was in regular touch. Since we suspect personal rivalry was the trigger, it is important to know who she was interacting with," another officer said.

The footage of CCTV cameras installed at nearby shops in the area will be scanned.

Residents said Sajeda was known for her social work. "She often accompanied councillors on their dengue awareness drive," a resident said.