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Kolkata: After a home alone elderly woman at Behala last week, now an elderly couple have been found murdered at Netaji Nagar police station area in south Kolkata.

Dilip Mukherjee (80) and Swapna Mukherjee (71) were found dead in their house at 50A Ashoke Avenue today 30 July morning.

The childless couple used to stay alone in the sprawling bi-storied house that has some open space as well.

A local plumber named Hari had gone to the house around 9 am to attend to a repair call. He found Swapna lying dead on the ground floor, near the landing of the stairs.

He alerted the neighbours, who then climbed to the first floor to find Dilip lying dead on the floor.

The neighbours called up Netaji Nagar police station. On reaching the spot, police found a rope tied around the neck of Swapna. There were no external injury marks in the dead body of the couple.

Going by this, police suspect that miscreants strangulated the elderly couple. Joint commissioner (crime), Murli Dhar Sharma, visited the spot and so did officers of the homicide branch of Kolkata Police.

Sharma told reporters that valuables worth about Rs 1-lakh have been burgled from the ground floor room which was laying in a mess. Forensic experts have collected samples and fingerprints.

Prima facie it appears to be a case of loot and murder. However, on quizzing a part-time domestic help of the family, police have learned that some promoters used to often call elderly Dilip, pestering him to sell off the house.

Also, since the couple was childless, their only apparent heir is Dilip’s younger brother. The domestic help has told police that he used to visit the house occasionally to enquire about his elderly brother and sister-in-law.

Police are trying to find out whether the lure of the sprawling house, which is worth severe crores of rupees, played a role in the crime. They have seized the mobile phone of Dilip and are scanning the call lists.

Deceased Dilip was once an affluent businessman but discontinued as he started ageing. The couple were comfortably surviving on savings and by renting out a portion of their sprawling house.