All seven members of the family, including three children, of a wholesaler, who also dabbled in property, were found murdered in their home in a busy trading hub of Ghaziabad on Wednesday morning.
The dead, who bore multiple stab wounds to necks, chests and abdominal areas, have been identified as Satish Goel, 65, his wife Manju, their son Sachin, daughter in-law Rekha and grandchildren Aman, 10, Megha, 14, and 12-year-old Honey.
“As all occupants are dead, we cannot say what is missing from the house. Robbery… does not seem to be the primary motive,” inspector-general (Meerut zone) Bhavesh Kumar Singh said.
The murders came to light at around 9.30am when a medical assistant came to administer insulin to Satish, who was due for a kidney transplant later this week. His wife was to be the donor.
The killings probably took place between 9pm to 11pm on Tuesday as music blared in a neighbour’s house celebrating a wedding, said sources.
One of the drivers, Rahul, who was recently sacked by the family after Rs. 4.5 lakh went missing, was a suspect and they were trying to track him, police said.
It was only after the police arrived at the scene that the extent of the crime, which left the two floors of the three-storeyed house in Nai Basti bloodied, dawned.
There were pools of blood that had dried and almost turned black, said police sources.
Police team found Satish murdered in the balcony of the first-floor. A few steps away, Sachin, 35, and his two children lay dead. Manju, 62, was murdered in her bedroom that opened into the balcony.
The killers, who police suspect were not more than two in number, then moved to the second-floor. They probably killed Megha on the stairs as she tried to flee to the first floor, said sources. Her body was dumped in the bedroom where her mother, Rekha, 32, was killed, they said.
Personal enmity or business rivalry could have triggered the crime as maximum injuries were inflicted upon Satish and Sachin, said police sources.
There were no signs of a forced entry, which indicated that assailants were known to the family, said police.
The house was ransacked with almirahs wide open but some cash and gold jewellery were found untouched, sources said.
Forensics have picked up fingerprints of the killer from a knife and axe used in the killing, Uttar Pradesh IG (law and order) RK Vishwakarma said in Lucknow. Footmarks, too, have been lifted, he said.
(With inputs from Lucknow)