A gang of robbers killed the elderly owner couple and severely injured their two sons and daughters-in-law late on Friday night before decamping with cash and valuables from a house in Raghunath Colony near the Kurukshetra University campus here, police said on Saturday.
The six dacoits entered the house around 12.45am and first inflicted fatal injuries with iron rods on retired KU health centre employee Sant Kumar, 70, and his wife Vimla, 65, who were sleeping on the ground floor. Then the dacoits entered a first floor room where they assaulted Sant Kumar's middle son Vikas Kumar, who is a KU employee, and his wife Sushila.
Eldest son Bhupesh Kumar, a teacher in DAV School at Surajpur near Panchkula who had come over for the weekend, and his wife Amarjit Kaur were injured despite him scuffling with the attackers. As the dacoits escaped, a neighbour, who had come out on the street after hearing the family's shrieks, unsuccessfully tried to stop them.
All the victims suffered head injuries, said Sant Kumar's youngest son Kulcharan, who lives in a separate house. While Bhupesh only needed some stitches on his head, the three other injured were referred to the PGI hospital at Chandigarh where they are reported to be out of danger but undergoing surgeries. Sant Kumar and his wife were, meanwhile, cremated on Saturday evening after autopsy.
Superintendent of police (SP) Rakesh Arya said the primary motive appeared to be theft; Bhupesh said cash and jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh had been stolen.
A team led by the deputy SP of Pehowa was formed, and sketches of the accused were being drawn with the help of Bhupesh, who was also shown photographs of some known members of such gangs.
Meanwhile, Haryana unit president of opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Ashok Arora visited the victims and criticised the Congress government over the law and order situation.