In a gruesome incident, a 52-year-old woman was murdered by a stranger who came on the pretext of finding details of rentals for a portion of her home at Laxminagar in Kushaiguda on Saturday afternoon and escaped with her gold ornaments weighing over ten ‘tolas'.

The woman, identified as B.K. Prem Latha, was performing ‘puja' when an unknown person entered her house on the first-floor stating that he wanted details of a vacant portion on the ground floor. While she was explaining the terms and conditions of tenancy, the intruder overpowered her and took her into the bedroom.

The assailant tried to smother Latha to death with a pillow but when she raised an alarm he slit her throat with a blade. He came to the ground floor after taking her gold ornaments and drove away on a motorcycle along with a woman accomplice. On hearing Latha's screams, neighbours rushed to her rescue only to see her with bleeding injuries. They rushed Latha to a nearby hospital where doctors declared her brought dead, police said. Her husband Govinda Raju, an ECIL employee, and other family members were away from the house. Police inquiries revealed that neighbours indeed tried to enquire with the strangers but they ran away from the spot. Sensing something suspicious, they went to the house and found her with serious injuries. DCP (Alwal) M. Shiva Prasad said that the intruders escaped with mangalsutram and four bangles after committing the crime.