Nitin Maini, 31, Shweta Maini, 25, and their five-year-old son lived happily till an unfortunate event ripped their dreams apart. Three years ago, Nitin met with a road accident which rendered him paraplegic (lower body non-functional).
Hell broke loose upon the couple - who had married against the wishes of their families - after Nitin, the sole bread winner of the family, lost his job as the accident made him physically challenged.
This forced his wife to step out of the house to earn a living. Around four months ago, Shweta got a job with an NGO in Laxmi Nagar for which she had to travel several kilometers.
An insurance claim of Rs 21 lakh that Nitin received was all he could save for the future of his son, a nursery student of GD Goenka Public School in Rohini's Sector 22.
But things soon changed in the Maini household as Nitin went into depression after he started suspecting his wife's loyalty towards him, the police said.
Apart from being under pressure for giving divorce to his wife so that she could marry his younger brother, Nitin went into depression as he was surviving on the mercy of others, a police officer said.
His frustration reached to such a level that he killed Shweta and son Garv while they were sleeping after celebrating his sixth marriage anniversary at their rented flat.
"Nitin strangled Shweta with her dupatta before smothering his son to death with a pillow. He even tried to end his life by stabbing himself in the abdomen with a pair of scissors and in the process sustained three stab wounds. But, when he failed to kill himself, he made a call to the police control room and confessed to his crime," said BS Jaiswal, DCP (outer), adding that all the three were found on the bed when the police broke open Nitin's bedroom door that was bolted from inside.
Even though Nitin confessed to his crime and was arrested in the case, his in-laws are alleging foul play in the entire case. They believe that the other members of Nitin's family had conspired in the crime.
Shweta's parents have also alleged that their daughter and grandson were poisoned because of which their bodies had turned blue.
Nitin and Sweta had a love marriage against the wishes of their families as they belonged to different castes. They eloped at a temple in Vaishno Devi before registering their marriage in a city court.
"It was their greed for Rs 21 lakh which were deposited in a bank with Shweta and her son's name by Nitin. That is the reason they were forcing my daughter to divorce Nitin and marry his younger brother Rohit," said Shweta's mother Nirmala Verma.