Homeless woman strangled to death in horrific crime caught on CCTV

Shocking CCTV footage shows how a homeless woman was strangled to death while sleeping rough in the city of Indore in India.

In the clip, which has sparked an outcry after going viral online, the woman is huddled up in an alleyway when a man approaches and starts to watch her in the early hours of Thursday (October 8).

Crouching down, he appears to grab a length of plastic packaging material.

He then stands up and advances towards the sleeping woman, before pushing her over and starting to straddle her, wrapping the plastic around her neck while the poor woman struggles.

Once he has strangled her, he savagely hits her around the head with a brick.

The assailant is wearing a light-coloured shirt, dark trousers, and is barefoot.

Police in India have launched a murder investigation and are trying to find him.

The victim, aged 45, used to beg for money and food in streets in the surrounding areas, Times of India reports.

Her body was found in the morning after she was killed and sent for an autopsy.

Sanyogitaganj police station boss Rajeev Tripathi said: "Our investigation has revealed that she had picked up a fight with another woman in the area."

At this stage of the investigation, police have no idea if the fight is linked to the woman's death.

The whole crime was caught in CCTV from the shop opposite where the beggar was sleeping.

Police are circulating the image of the assailant in the hop of capturing him.

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