Delhi: Elderly couple stabbed in Prashant Vihar park

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2016 23:58 IST
An elderly couple was attacked by unknown assailants in Prashant Vihar, New Delhi, on Monday. (Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times)

A couple who had gone out for an evening stroll at a park was allegedly stabbed and their throats slit with a sharp weapon in Outer Delhi’s Prashant Vihar on Sunday.

Kanchan Bhutani (59) and KR Bhutani (62) were found bleeding on a bench by a woman around 9 pm. She raised an alarm and informed the police.

Kanchan was declared dead on arrival and KR Bhutani, who sustained multiple stab wounds in his abdomen, is undergoing treatment at a hospital. His condition is stable.

The couple, who owned two floors at the Luxmi Apartments complex in the neighbourhood, stepped out of their house around 6 pm to take a walk. The other family members had gone for a movie, police said.

They went to a juice shop in the area and then headed to the children’s park in Sector 13.

After a while, they sat on a bench to relax when two persons came from behind and held their arms. They slit the couple’s throat thrice and even stabbed them multiple times, police said.

CCTV footage accessed from the area shows the couple walking through the pathway.

“The area is under CCTV surveillance and the footage shows the couple going to the juice shop and heading to the park. The cameras do not cover the spot where the couple was sitting and so we do not have any clue about the killers. We hope to make arrests soon,” a senior police officer said.

Investigators suspect it to be a case of personal enmity. “Bhutani’s phone, wallet and his wife’s jewellery were not stolen. If they had been killed for resisting robbery, then the valuables would have been missing. Prima facie it appears to personal rivalry. It may be related to family issues or Bhutani’s business,” a police officer said.

Bhutani owned an electric cable-manufacturing unit at Badli and his son Mayank assisted him in the business. A case of murder has been registered.

The police have detained six persons for questioning.

Investigators said they have made a list of possible suspects, including some relatives and business rivals of the Bhutani family. His call detail records are being checked.

“It is possible a business rival may be behind the murder. We are checking his call detail records to see if he was being threatened by someone. We suspect a known person could be behind the murder. We are investigating the case from all possible angles,” a senior police officer said.

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