A 59-year-old primary school principal was allegedly robbed and then hacked to death at his quarters located inside the school premises in east Delhi on Tuesday.
A retired engineer from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Jagan Singh Chauhan had established the Sanjay Memorial Public School at east Vinod Nagar’s R block in 1983.
“Chauhan’s bloodied corpse was discovered in his room n the school’s first floor by cleaning staff sometime after noon. We were intimated about the incident at 1:30 pm,” said I.B Rani, additional DCP (east).
Chauhan used to stay alone at his two-room quarters adjacent the upper kindergarten (UKG) block on the second storey.
“Prima facie, it seems that a gang of assailants just walked into the school through its main entrance and made their way up the staircase to to Chauhan’s room. There is no sign of forced entry,” said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
The assailants then overpowered Chauhan, hacked him to death and ransacked two cupboards located inside the bedroom, said police.
“Chauhan’s body has multiple stab wounds and other injuries inflicted with a sharp weapon – most probably a household knife. A forensics team was dispatched to collect evidence from the crime scene,” the officer said.
Police said that the role of Chauhan’s newly appointed domestic help was under the scanner.
“Chauhan had appointed a domestic servant identified as Hira Kumar, a resident of UP, as caretaker more than a year ago. He is absconding since the incident took place and we are in the process of verifying his antecedents,” the officer said.
Police said a fact that further implicated Hira in the crime was that Chauhan’s quarters were completely cleaned of both cash and valuables.
“It seems the assailant(s) knew where all the cash and valuables were kept and hence targeted only those locations,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered.
“We have registered a case and investigations into the matter are underway. A team has also been dispatched to UP to investigate Hira’s background,” Rani added.