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According to the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central), Rajesh Khurana, the murder came to light when Jaigopal Verma, a manager in the Connaught Place office of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, came to his first floor house around 6 p.m.
Jaigopal's repeated knocks on the door did not yield any response. The door too was locked. He contacted his sister, a retired teacher, who lives on the first floor. She too told him that in the afternoon too there was no response when the gardener repeatedly knocked on the door.
Jaigopal then asked a boy in his neighbourhood to get into the house through a ventilator and open the padlock from inside.
The boy opened the door and when Jaigopal entered the house, he found the body of his wife, Rajni Verma, in a room lying in a pool of blood behind a curtain.
Rajni had been apparently hit with some blunt object on her face and head. A diamond ring and other jewellery items, which she was wearing on Friday, were found intact on her person. There were no signs of ransacking in the house.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Jaigopal had left the house for work at 9 a.m. on Friday and had last contacted Rajni over phone around 1 p.m. Rajni was a housewife and generally kept to herself.
The police believe that the entry of the assailant was a friendly one, raising suspicion that the assailant was known to Rajni.
The couple have a son and daughter. While the daughter is married and settled at Washington in the United States, their son, who works with a foreign airline, has also gone abroad on a holiday package tour.
The police said while definite clues were still not available, they were working on certain leads.
Meanwhile, a case of murder has been registered at Rajender Nagar police station and further investigations are on.
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