An elderly businessman, his driver, cook and domestic help were mercilessly murdered at a bungalow in east Delhi’s tony Vivek Vihar on Sunday.
Police said the murders were committed during a robbery. They, however, did not rule out the possibility of personal rivalry or property dispute triggering the murders, which are thought to have been committed by at least 10 people. The case has been transferred to the crime branch.
Bajrang Lal Bokadia, the 62-year-old businessman, was associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The others found dead in his bungalow are driver Vinod Dubey, 45, cook Bhola Singh, 30, and Anand, 24, the domestic help.
The sensational murders took a political turn later in the day when BJP and Aam Aadmi Party activists joined local residents to block the Dilshad Garden-Karkardooma courts road for almost five hours.
Scores of agitated protesters demonstrated outside the businessman’s house and shouted slogans against Delhi Police and Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit. They even stopped the police from taking the bodies of the victims to the hospital for autopsy. The police had to use batons to disperse the mob.
Bokadia, a local social worker, lived at his bungalow in Vivek Vihar Phase II with his wife Pushpa and the three employees. The residents said Bokadia was known to be religious.
The bodies of the four were found in his bedroom which was ransacked.
While Bokadia was found tied on a chair and gagged with tape, the bodies of Dubey, Singh and Anand were on the floor. Bokadia seemed to have died of asphyxiation, while the others died from excessive bleeding after their throats were slit.
A member of a religious group to which Bokadia belonged turned up at his home early on Monday and found him murdered.
Bokadia, who had a rubber and chemical factory in Dilshad Garden, is survived by his wife and two children — a son and a daughter — both married and settled in Mumbai.
The murderers had a friendly entry into the Bokadia’s home, police said.