A 55-year-old woman was found murdered, with her throat slit, in her house at Shakarpur here on Tuesday night. The victim was employed with Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Ltd.

Identified as Shanti Sharma, the victim lived with her 30-year-old son, Sunder, on the ground floor of a three-storey building in the School Block area of Shakarpur.

Sunder came home from work at 11-30 p.m. and found his mother lying in a pool of blood.

He informed the police about the incident. She was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital and declared dead on arrival.

Door found ajar

According to the police, Sunder told them that when he came home, he found the main door ajar. His mother usually kept the door locked from inside while he was away. He also claimed that the assailant made off with Rs.23 lakh in cash. However, jewellery and other things kept in the house were found intact.

“My mother never used to keep money in her bank account. She had the habit of keeping money at home. She had recently received Rs.23 lakh after selling property in Ram Park. The entire amount was kept in her cupboard and it is missing after her murder,” the victim’s son told the police.

The police have registered a case under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code at Shakarpur police station and initiated efforts to identify the killer(s).

“The involvement of an insider is not ruled out at this stage as only cash is said to be missing and no other articles. Prima facie, it seems that the attacker knew that the money was kept in the house,” said a senior police officer.

The victim’s son, who works with a courier company in Connaught Place, told the police that he was at work when the incident occurred. Neighbours claimed that Shanti was last spotted taking a walk outside her house at 9-30 p.m.

“This suggests that the woman was attacked between 9-30 p.m. and 11-30 p.m.,” said the officer, adding that the exact cause and time of death would be established by the post-mortem report.

Investigations at the scene of the crime indicated that the victim’s throat was slit with a sharp-edged weapon as she had a deep cut. The weapon used in the crime has not been recovered so far, the officer added.

Shanti is survived by her son and three married daughters.

The police do not rule out an insider as Rs. 23 lakh was stolen from the victim’s house