BIJNOR: A 65-year-old woman was found dead in a sugarcane field in Umarpur Asha village under Sherkot police station in Bijnor district early on Wednesday morning. The victim, who had gone to mow the grass there, was found by the villagers in a semi-nude condition, which triggered the speculation about her being raped before being killed. However, police rubbished this theory and registered a case of murder against unidentified people.
According to officials, the woman had left for the field to get grass for her cattle on Tuesday evening around 4. However, when she did not return home for several hours, her family initially looked for her and eventually got a police complaint registered.
On Wednesday morning, villagers found the woman's body in the field. They said that the victim's stomach had been cut by a sharp object and there was blood all around. They claimed that she was raped and killed because her assailants hadn't taken away the jewellery she was wearing.
The deceased's husband works as a labourer in Bhutan and her two sons are employed in Meerut. She was living with her third son in Umarpur Asha village. Soon after getting the information, police arrived at the crime scene and sent the body for postmortem to the district hospital.
Sherkot SHO RK Singh said, "The victim was murdered by cutting her stomach. It is true that her clothes weren't in place. It appears that she tried to fight her killers before being murdered. We are investigating the case and will soon catch the culprits.