A 43-year-old man, who was apparently depressed by his wife’s death and feared that his house might be demolished, strangulated two of his sons to death in northwest Delhi’s Mahindra Park on Wednesday. The incident took place around 4am.
The accused, Mukesh Antil, who is unemployed, then called the police at 5.30am on Wednesday morning and confessed to have murdered his sons.
Antil had been living with his sons — Aayush (16) and Lucky (8) — in a four-storey house in Sanjay Nagar colony. He quit working in a private company soon after his wife, Jyoti, died over a year ago due to illness.
Neighbours said that Antil had converted his small house into a multi-storey structure in the last three years by illegally constructing three floors. He reportedly went into depression after his neighbour, also a distant relative, filed a complaint against him with the municipality officials last year.
Locals said that MCD officials were scheduled to demolish the top floor of Antil’s house on November 17.
“Mukesh was very anxious. His neighbour had complained against him. Mukesh told us that MCD officials would soon be coming to demolish the top floor of his house. In his complaint, the neighbour, Ashok Chaudhary, had mentioned that a water seepage problem was occurring at his house after Mukesh constructed the new floors,” said Harikrishan, a local resident.
He added: “Mukesh’s wife, Jyoti died soon after the neighbour filed a complaint with the MCD. This further pushed him into depression.”
Antil’s tenant told HT that he had quit his job at a private company after Jyoti’s death and was taking care of his two sons. “He was devastated after Jyoti’s death and also quit his job. To be financially self-sufficient, he rented out two floors of his house and sold another,” said Harinder Singh, Antil’s tenant.
Singh said that police reached the house around 6 am on Wednesday.
After Antil was taken away by police, locals crowded outside Ashok Chaudhary’s house and began abusing him, holding him responsible for the incident. Some alleged that Antil had also given a bribe of Rs 2 lakhs to Chaudhary to withdraw his complaint.
Khushboo, Ashok Chaudhary’s daughter, told HT that her father did not take bribe from Antil.
A case of murder has been registered at Mahindra Park police station and Antil is currently being interrogated. “Prima facie it appears that he was in depression,” said a senior police officer.
Locals said that they are surprised on learning that Antil killed his sons as he was a very caring father.