A 34-year-old woman and her five-year-old daughter were found murdered under mysterious circumstances at their residence in Rohini here on Thursday. The throats of both the victims, Yasmeen and Sofia, were slit.

Yasmeen lived with her husband Aslam Ali and their daughter Sofia on the first floor of their house in C Block of Rohini Sector 1, while their four other children, all sons, are studying at a boarding school in Calicut.

Aslam, who is a sanitary fitting contractor, had left home in the morning for a project site near his house. He told the police that a few hours later, when he was on his way home for lunch, he met an acquaintance near his house.

Even as Aslam was engaged in a conversation with the acquaintance, a neighbour told him that smoke was coming out of his house. Suspecting that something was amiss, Aslam went in and found an injured Yasmeen lying in a pool of blood on the floor and Sofia in a similar condition on a bed. Aslam made a call to the Police Control Room around 2-15 p.m.

The police rushed the victims to a nearby hospital where they were declared brought dead.

Aslam purportedly told the police that the assailants had also tried to burn Yasmeen and in his attempt to save her, he sustained burn injuries.

A senior police officer said they were verifying the sequence of events narrated by Aslam.

Neighbours of the victims’ said they were inside their homes and did not see anyone entering or leaving the house.

The police ruled out forced entry and said they were investigating the case from all angles. Aslam’s brother Ashraf said some gold jewellery was missing from the house. Aslam has seven brothers, all of whom live in the close vicinity.

No arrests have been made so far.

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