Odisha sun Times Bureau
Kendrapara, Sept 2:
A 75-year-old widow, who was staying alone in her house in the highway-side Badapala village, about 20 KM from Kendrapara town in Odisha, was found murdered on Tuesday.
The body of the victim, identified as Swarnalata Samantray, was found early morning today with her hands and legs tied up.
She was strangulated to death.
The deceased woman’s only son is staying in the USA and her daughter is employed in state capital.
Preliminary investigation indicated robbery to have been the motive behind the crime. Jewelleries and other valuables were missing from her house. Police are suspecting some contract labourers, who were staying near victim’s house, to have carried out the robbery and murder. They have all fled the village after the murder, said Kendrapara Superintendent of Police, Rabi Narayan Behera.
A scientific team of Odisha police along sniffer dogs have been pressed into service to collect material evidence of the crime.
A case has been registered, the SP said, adding, investigation is underway to crack the murder case at the earliest.