A social worker Samuel Francis and his assistant Mercy were found dead at their 'ashram' situated at Chota Rampur village in the Sahaspur block of capital on Monday morning. Samuel was sixty while Mercy was thirty-two years old.
Samuel was associated with Samarpan Aale, an 'ashram' for the last 12 years, working for the weaker section of society of the locality. Mercy had joined Samuel three years ago. They used to reside at the 'ashram' building and were permanent residents of Meerut and Delhi respectively.
According to police, Mercy was mentally challenged and had come to ashram three years ago for treatment and later joined Samuel.
Police are working on the various angles behind the murders of duo but ruled out any religious motive. Ashok Kumar, IG Garhwal Range said: “This is a simple criminal case and nothing related to religion.”
The deceased Samuel was popular in the area. Police told that deceased Samuel claimed to have “healing power” with him and the people from the locality used to visit him with their problems at his 'ashram'.
Mohammad Hasan, a watchman, was the first to learn about the deaths when he had gone to meet Samuel on Monday morning. He informed Sahaspur Police about the incident immediately. Police reached to spot and took the bodies in its possession.
Initial investigation revealed that they were strangulated with cloth as a piece of cloth was lying near the dead bodies. Both hand and legs of the victims were tied and their belongings were scattered on the floor.
“Prima- facie evidences suggest that loot was the main motive behind the murder. Few suspect have been already taken into custody and I believe that the case will get cracked in next few days,” said SSP, Dehradun, Amit Kumar Sinha.
The bodies were sent for a post-mortem.