A 26-year-old married woman died after being gangraped and thrown off a building at the EWS colony here on Tuesday night.
The crime was allegedly committed by her three tenants who have been arrested. The accused also slit the victim’s wrist before pushing her off the roof to make it look like a suicide.
The accused, all in an inebriated state, were thrashed by neighbours after being spotted with blood-stained clothes. They were later handed over to police.
Ludhiana, the prosperous industrial city, has a dark underbelly. It has witnessed 15 cases of sexual assaults on children below the age of 12 years alone in the last 45 days.
The EWS colony victim, a mother of three, hails from Bihar and was staying with her parents here for the past three years.
Her parents had gone to Jugiana village to attend a wedding when the accused assaulted her.
Police said the trio entered the woman’s room at 1.30 am and then took turns to rape her. The accused then took her to the roof from where they pushed her.
Hearing her screams, the neighbours gathered and took the woman to a hospital where she was declared brought dead.
The three accused, identified as Balbir, Pappu and Mohammad, are all labourers.
Victim’s father said his daughter was residing with him for the past three years due to marital dispute.
Autposy confirms sexual assault
Deputy commissioner of police Dhruman Nimbale said the postmortem conducted at the civil hospital has confirmed rape.
The accused have been booked under sections 302 (murder), 376 D (gangrape) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.