An 80-year-old woman, her 58-year-old daughter-in-law and their male domestic help were found drugged in mysterious circumstances at their residence in northwest Delhi's Model Town area, police said on Tuesday.
Meenu Chaudhary, deputy commissioner of police (northwest) said police were informed about the incident by authorities at north Delhi's Sant Parmanand Hospital around 2.15pm on Monday.
"All three victims (names being withheld on request by their family) had consumed aaloo paranthas made from the same dough before they lost consciousness. No cash or valuables of any kind have been found to be missing from their residence," DCP Chaudhary said.
According to the victim's family, police said, the women were at their residence in D block of Model Town part II, accompanied by their male domestic help and three other maids when they consumed the said food substance suspected to be laced with sedatives.
Relying on preliminary investigations based on questioning the victims' family, the police have ascertained that the trio fell unconscious within an hour of lunching, subsequent to which they were rushed to the said hospital by one of their relatives.
"The 58-year-old victim's daughter was engaged in a telephonic conversation with her when she felt that her mother was drowsy since her speech was slurring. When she went to the residence to investigate, she found the trio sedated," said a senior police officer.
A 'suspicious-looking' polythene bag containing a white powder which has been sent to the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) for medical examination was found, said police. "Since the victims are unfit for statement, we are yet to ascertain the exact sequence of events. However, a case of poisoning has been registered. The case will be modified as and when the chemical composition of the powder is ascertained," DCP Chaudhary added.