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Death penalties, crimes fascinated man who killed father, set cylinder on fire

delhi Updated: Jan 10, 2017 08:21 IST
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Rahul Matta

Rahul Matta killed his father and stabbed three others at Ajanta Apartments in Delhi.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

A former merchant navy officer, who murdered his father, stabbed three others and set a gas cylinder on fire injuring eight police officers at Ajanta Apartments in east Delhi on Sunday had an interest in crime and criminals. A day after he was arrested, Rahul Matta (35) told police he had a special interest in death penalties, gruesome crimes, and murder trials.

At least 10 posts on his Facebook wall are related to police and the judiciary. One of it reads, “Judges cops authorities act as selfish terrorists and incubate terrorism (sic).” Another one reads, “Hypocritical parasites both crown and cops are parts of the same terrorist organisation fooling canadians and international community for their mortgages leases pension benefits... (sic).”

On Monday, Matta was sent to 14-day judicial custody.

Deputy commissioner of police (east) Omvir Singh said that Matta has a history of violent behaviour.

“He was dismissed from the merchant navy in Canada for indiscipline. When he returned to Delhi, Matta went to Tihar jail for harassing a woman. His conduct was not good and so his relations with his parents had strained,” said Singh.

Resident Welfare Association secretary JL Gupta said the RWA banned him from entering the apartment.

“Complaints of harassment had been received against Matta from some women living in the apartment,” Gupta said.

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Rahul Matta had married against his parents wishes and was living seperately. He had been banned from Ajanta Apartments after complaints of harassment
¦ Rahul Matta (35) arrives at Ajanta Apartments in IP Extension with two meat cleavers around 2.35pm
¦ He is stopped at the gate by guard Nandan
¦ Matta stabs Nandan and enters building, Matta rushes to first floor, knocks on the door where his parents stayed Matta’s father Ravinder opens door, and is stabbed. He is later declared brought dead at a hospital
¦ Matta rushes to one VK Sharma’s flat on top floor of building after stabbing neighbor Renu Bansal, who had rushed to first floor
¦ Sharma locks himself in a room. Calls police
¦ Police team arrives. Tries to disarm Matta
A panicked Matta opens a cylinder knob and lights a matchstick

Police officials said that Matta criticised the police and judiciary. This is evident from his Facebook page as well as the way he confronted police on Sunday afternoon. Matta allegedly went on a stabbing spree, killing his 64-year-old father and injuring two locals. When police and building residents tried stopping him, he allegedly opened a cylinder knob and lit a matchstick, leading to an explosion that injured police officials.

In one CCTV footage, at least four police officials are seen trying to overpower Matta, who tries to resist.

RWA members said the house which was set ablaze by Matta was rented to actor VK Sharma, who has acted in films such as Tewar, and his wife Kiran Sharma, who is an actor in a TV serial.

Police sources said that Matta denied stabbing his father during interrogation. In a mobile video, allegedly recorded at a police station, Matta says that he did not kill his father.

Police said Matta worked as a banker in New York and later as a navy merchant in Canada. Indiscipline in navy resulted in his dismissal and he came back to Delhi to live with his mother, who retired as a government official. His father and younger brother were in Canada then.

Police sources also said that Matta’s parents were close to their younger son, who is settled in Canada. This often infuriated Matta.

Matta’s relatives said that the deceased father, Ravinder Matta, would be cremated after his younger son returns from Canada in three days. They said that Matta’s mother is traumatised.

One of the relatives, requesting anonymity, said that Matta is an introvert and kept quiet most of the time. He returned from Canada two years ago. He had seemed like a “good person” back then.

“Rahul visited my house twice. He barely kept in touch but whenever we met, he never appeared violent. Though I knew that things weren’t going great at his home, I never thought he would do something so heinous,” the relative said.