A 24-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for the murder of four minors and his 40-year-old lover in Bhind’s Virendra Nagar locality. The five people were killed late on Friday night. A knife used in the murder is yet to be recovered, police said.
According to police, Ankur Dixit had befriended Reena Shukla while he visited their house to give tuitions to her tenant’s children. Dixit was, however, unhappy as the couple was not getting enough time to spend together as some of her in-law’s children were visiting her.
Sleep inducing tablets were given to children
Bhind superintendent of police (SP) Navneet Bhasin told reporters that Dixit had given Shukla some sleep-inducing tablets to be administered to the children. Once the children were asleep, Dixit came over to the house. However, one of the children woke up and caught the couple in a compromising position, he said.
Fifteen-year-old Golu, son of Shukla’s uncle in-law, raised an alarm after finding Dixit and Shukla together. Unable to gag the teenager, Dixit allegedly slit Golu’s throat with a knife, killing him on the spot, the SP said.
Reena turned against Dixit when he tried to kill her own daughter
Hearing the noise the three other children—Shukla’s daughter Chhavi, 12, daughter of her brother-in-law Mahima, 16, and daughter of her brother Ambika, 17 – woke up. Dixit and Shukla together stabbed Mahima and Ambuka to death, but when Dixit tried to gag and strangle Chhavi, Shukla allegedly turned against him. Sensing trouble, Dixit also strangled Reena, the SP added.
“To portray the mass killing as an outcome of a loot bid, Ankur ransacked the house before fleeing,” Bhasin said, adding that police are yet to find the murder weapon and the keys to Shukla’s house.
Dixit called Reena over 200 times in 3 months
It was Reena Shukla’s phone call details that helped the police crack the crime within 24 hours.
“Reena’s call details record (CDR) showed that most the calls made to her were either by her sister or Ankur Dixit. Ankur made over 200 calls in three months. The duration of the conversation between the two was very long, consequently making us zero in on Ankur,” SP Bhind said.