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Robbery not the motive behind senior citizens’ murder, say police

A day after RK Bararu, a 79-year-old former deputy director of song and drama division of Information and Broadcast (IB) ministry, and his wife were found brutally murdered at their Shakarpur residence, Delhi police believe that robbery was not the prime motive, HT reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2012 00:06 IST
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A day after RK Bararu, a 79-year-old former deputy director of song and drama division of Information and Broadcast (IB) ministry, and his wife were found brutally murdered at their Shakarpur residence, Delhi police believe that robbery was not the prime motive.

Police said though they are looking at the robbery angle too, the fact that the killers had a friendly entry into the house during daytime has given police a reason to suspect the involvement of someone known to the victims.

While Bararu’s body was found in the bedroom, his wife’s body was in the bathroom. Police said they were attacked with sharp weapons. The house was found ransacked but the police are yet to assess what all is missing from the house.

A senior police officer said 10 teams comprising 50 best police officers from the east district have been formed to investigate the murder.

“We have a list of 45 people who had access at the victims’ three-storey house. These include the service providers at the house, seven tenants who stay in the basement and on the other two floors of the house, and others friends, neighbours, relatives and acquaintances. We have already questioned 30 from the list,” said the police officer.

Bararu’s wife Durga Devi, the officer said, was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. “Since his wife was dependent on help, Bararu had changed as many as seven maids in the past couple of months. We are questioning the present maid and all other maids who had worked earlier at the couple’s house,” added the officer.

The investigators are also trying to prepare a list of mobile phone numbers which were active in the area between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday.

Bararu, whose passion was theatre, organised large number of plays in Kashmir in the 1960’s. He later joined the song and drama division of the I&B ministry and retired as deputy director in Delhi in 1999.