A 32-year-old man killed a 16-year-old boy and his mother at their house, before slitting his own throat in Southwest Delhi’s Palam area on Tuesday afternoon.
The victims, Prashant and Anju Devi, died and the accused Shyam Singh has been admitted to AIIMS. He is reportedly unfit to give a statement.
Joint commissioner of police (southwest) Dependra Pathak said a case of murder had been registered.
Police said Singh entered the house around 4:05 pm when Anju Devi had gone out to have a chat with a neighbour and Prashant was studying.
Singh, who was reportedly known to the family, went to the kitchen, picked a knife and stabbed Prashant seven times in the neck.
“Anju Devi heard her son scream for help and ran to her house. Seeing her son lying in a pool of blood with Singh standing next to him, she raised an alarm. But Singh stabbed her eight times in the abdomen,” police said.
Singh tried to escape but locals had gathered outside the house. He locked himself inside a room and slit his throat.
“We received a PCR call from a local after which our team rushed to the spot. Prashant, Anju Devi and Singh were rushed to the hospital. While Prashant was declared dead on arrival, Anju succumbed to her injuries during treatment. Singh is under observation,” a senior police officer said.
Both bodies have been sent for a postmortem examination. Anju’s husband, Ramji, runs a computer shop in Nehru Place and her 18-year-old daughter is studying in Jaipur.
Investigators said Singh was known to the family and frequented their house. They belonged to the same village in Bihar. “It appears to be a case of personal enmity. We have called Singh’s wife and sister for questioning and recorded the statement of Anju’s husband. We will soon find out the motive behind the murder,” an investigator said.