A 70-year-old retired Air India employee was found murdered at his flat in Janakpuri, west Delhi on Thursday, police said. The flat was ransacked and the victim was alone when the incident occurred. Police said Rs 1 lakh and some foreign currency were found missing. Suspecting two relatives of the victim, the police have detained them for interrogation.
“The entry inside the flat was friendly. We have detained two people in the case and are probing their role,” said Sharad Aggarwal, DCP (west).
The victim, B.D. Sharma, had retired from the Air Traffic Services (ATS) of Air India about 10 years ago. He lived in C Block, DDA Flats Janakpuri with his wife Raksha. His sons live in the United States.
Police said Raksha, who had gone to attend a satsang, found her husband lying in a pool of blood in the living room when she got home. Sharma’s throat had been slit with a sharp-edged weapon. The cupboard was ransacked, she told police. Police said Sharma had converted some cash into dollars and pounds recently and withdrew cash from a nearby bank, all of which was missing. The diamond ring that the victim was wearing was found intact, suggesting the accused wanted to rob the cash.
“Raksha returned home around 3.15 pm and found Sharma lying in a pool of blood. She informed the police control room,” said Aggarwal. The door was open from inside.
Neighbours told the police that the two relatives were last seen near the victim’s house. Police have also detained a maid servant.