Suspecting his wife of having an affair, a 50-year-old man allegedly killed her and his six-year-old daughter and later committed suicide by consuming rat poison at his house in south Delhi’s Sanjay Colony slum near Okhla Phase-2 on Thursday night.
The bodies were found in a room on the first floor of a four-storey building on Friday morning by a relative who lives on the ground floor as a tenant, police said.
The man, Mahesh Chauhan, first killed his wife, Ranjana alias Laxmi, 38, by hitting her on the head with a wooden plank and then strangled their daughter, Laado, with a cloth.
After killing the two, Chauhan, who worked as a confectioner, consumed poison. His body was found lying on the floor with froth coming out of his mouth. An empty bottle of poison and the stained wooden plank was found lying near his body. The bodies of Ranjana and Laado were lying on the bed.
Police said the couple often fought over petty issues and they had a troubled marriage. For both the partners, it was their second marriage. Police learnt that Chauhan suspected his wife of having an extra marital affair. The couple also quarrelled over Chauhan’s drinking habit and their poor financial condition, said a police officer.
Ranjana’s brother told the police that she had called him last night to complain that Chauhan was beating her up. “The brother ignored it believing it to be routine issue between the couple,” the officer said.
Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP (southeast), said the crime came to light around 11.15 am following a call to the police control room (PCR). A police team reached the crime scene along with forensic experts.
Chauhan’s neighbour, Tej Narayan, who first reached the crime scene and called the police, told HT that Chauhan was living there for the past twenty years and Ranjana was his second wife. “Chauhan worked as a confectioner while Ranjana worked at a factory in Okhla. He had four children from his first wife Kiran. Ranjana too had a daughter from her first marriage. We don’t know what led to Chauhan killing his wife and daughter,” said Narayan.
“We have registered a case of murder and are probing it from all possible angles,” said Randhawa.