A 42-year-old woman and her ‘brother-in-law’ were murdered at her rented home in Vikas Nagar near Ranhola in west Delhi on Saturday morning. The police said their faces were smashed with a blunt object.
The body of Sunita, a widow, was found on her bed. Rajesh Kumar was lying in a pool of blood on the terrace. Police say someone known to the victims could be behind the murders as there was no sign of forced entry.
A murder case has been registered. The police are investigating if the deceased had any dispute with someone in the family. “The murders could have been committed in a fit of rage,” said a senior investigating officer.
Sunita’s younger daughter Jyoti had been living with her mother for a few weeks. Jyoti married a taxi driver in Haryana around one-and-a-half years ago but she returned due to a marital discord.
Investigators said Jyoti’s husband held Sunita responsible for his strained married life. His role in the double murder is being probed.
The police said Jyoti had left for her friend’s home before the murder. Police are questioning Jyoti and ascertaining the movements of her husband at the time of the crime.
Deependra Pathak, joint commissioner of police (southwestern), said that at about 7.15am, a tenant found Rajesh’s body on the terrace.
The tenant, Sachdeva, informed the neighbours and called the police. By the time the police arrived, neighbours discovered Sunita’s body in her room.
“Sunita had introduced Rajesh to us as her brother-in-law, a Haryana Police staff. But she recently told neighbours that Rajesh worked with the Delhi Jal Board. Rajesh often visited the family,” said Sachdeva.
The police found Rajesh’s motorcycle outside the building. They learnt he had come to meet Sunita on Friday evening.
Sunita is survived by her two daughters and a 15-year-old son, Sheru. He lives with his elder sister Sonia, who is married, in Haryana. Sunita’s husband died around 10 years ago.
“We are probing the murder from all angles. Our teams have got clues about the suspects,” Pathak added.