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Blood and bodies: An entire family is wiped out

Neighbours dismissed noise coming from house as normal family argument; driver accused of theft among initial suspects.

india Updated: May 23, 2013 00:20 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

The two-storey house of 65-year-old Satish Goel was a sight that would spook even the bravest of men. Seven members of the businessman's family, including Goel himself, were found brutally murdered in the house on Wednesday morning.

There was blood and bodies everywhere -- from the ground to the second floor.

Family head Satish Goel's body was found in the balcony on the first floor. His son Sachin and two minor grandchildren were found in a pool of blood in the gallery leading from the house towards the balcony.

The next was Goel's 62-year-old wife Manju, whose body was found on a bed in the adjacent bedroom. The killers then probably advanced to the second floor of the house where Goel's daughter-in-law Rekha was present with her 14-year-old daughter. Their bodies were found inside the bedroom on the second floor.

Sources added the killer(s) had washed their blood-soaked hands, and probably weapons, in the wash basin, which had blood on it.

The police have found the print of a shoe sized 8-9. The television was on when the bodies were discovered in the morning.

Police said the assailants had gained a friendly entry. The victims' cries couldn't be heard because of a wedding at a nearby house.

Some neighbours told Hindustan Times that they had called up the senior Goel to inquire about the loud noises coming from his house but he told them that it was a normal matter that would be solved out.

"After hearing noises, some 10-15 people had gathered at the opening of the lane where Goel's house is located. But they returned as they thought it was some family matter. Even the DJ was played loud music at the wedding. I just closed my shop and left," said Deepak Goel, who runs a medicine shop in the neighbourhood.

Sources close to family said the senior Goel had ventured into property business. He had recently acquired several properties in Ghaziabad, apart from his oil and ghee business.

Goel's two surviving daughters are married and live in Faridabad and Ghaziabad.

Missing driver among suspects

Ghaziabad: One of the two drivers of the family is one of the initial suspects in the case, police said. Victim Satish Goel's son-in-law said a driver named Rahul was suspected for a Rs 4.5-lakh theft that occurred in the house around 10 days back. The family had not filed an FIR in the case.

"The family kept quiet because the family head was to undergo a kidney transplant this week. But since then, the driver stopped coming. The second driver hasn't reported to work since the discovery of the bodies," said Goel's son-in-law Sachin Mittal.

No clues from nearby CCTV

Peeyush Khandelwal

Peeyush.khandelwal@hindustantimes.com

Ghaziabad: There was a CCTV installed in the lane near the Goel residence but it had been switched off at that time.

The Goel residence at Nai Basti is surrounded by shops dealing with medicines and one of the owners had installed a CCTV camera outside his establishment.

"Unfortunately, I had closed the shop around 8.30pm on Tuesday and switched off the CCTV as it is not connected to the inverter. I normally switch on the lights in the lane during evenings when I close my shop but I did not see anyone from the family when I left," said trader Ashok Chopra.

The CCTV outside Chopra's shop covers the entire lane and the front gate of the Goel's house. The police are accessing the footage for some clues.

"We are trying to acquire photographs and videos from the house where the wedding was taking place," a police officer said.

No clues from nearby CCTV

Ghaziabad: There was a CCTV installed in the lane near the Goel residence but it had been switched off at that time.
The Goel residence at Nai Basti is surrounded by shops dealing with medicines and one of the owners had installed a CCTV camera outside his establishment.
“I had closed the shop around 8.30pm on Tuesday and switched off the CCTV as it is not connected to the inverter. I did not see anyone from the family when I left,” said trader Ashok Chopra.
The CCTV outside Chopra’s shop covers the entire lane and the front gate of the Goel’s house. — Peeyush Khandelwal

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