Seven members of a family and an aged couple were murdered while a housewife was attacked and her home robbed as crime graph shot up in the New Delhi on Monday, sending shockwaves among its denizens.
Unidentified persons killed Omprakash, his wife Santhosh Kumar, their four daughters and a seven-year-old son in their apartment complex in North Delhi, a incident police suspect was the fallout of a bitter property dispute.
The partly-burnt bodies of Omprakash (46) and Santhosh (40) were found in the ground floor of their apartment, where the family used to run a small business of mattresses. The bodies bore injuries inflicted by some sharp-edged weapon.
Manju (21), Babita (15), Dolly (13), Pooja (12) and Aman (7) were found dead in the first floor of the building with their neck-slashed bodies piled one over the other, a senior police official said.
Their clothes were also torn. However, there were no signs of sexual assault. Sensing the importance of the case, police handed over the investigation to the Crime Branch who detained a couple of persons, including a neighbour for questioning.
"It is a case of murder," Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Muktesh Chander said.
Omprakash's relatives have told police that he had some property dispute with neighbours and initial police probe is understood to be based on this aspect. "Every angle is being looked into," Chander added.
In another incident, a retired income tax officer and his ailing wife were found murdered at their residence in East Park area of Central Delhi.
The bodies of Dev Raj Grover (74) and Vimla Grover (70), with their necks slashed, were found by their driver in the morning who informed the police about the incident.
The Grover residence was ransacked by the assailants, raising suspicion that it was a robbery attempt.
Their servant Sikander, hailing frrom Assam, was missing and initial investigation was focussed on his role in the double murder, senior police officials informed.
The Grovers had hired him from a Green Park placement agency four days back. Police is verifying his antecedents and a hunt is underway to find him. The couple were staying with their grand son Ashish Grover, who was not in the house on Sunday night as he had gone to his parents' place.
They have two daughters and a son, who runs an export house in Mansorovar Park. Also, a middle-aged woman was attacked in Sarita Vihar area of South Delhi by four unidentified persons, who robbed jewellery and cash worth lakhs from the house at knife-point.
Latha Chandok (35), a resident of DDA complex, was knifed by the assailants before robbing her house. She suffered injuries on the chest and is admitted to AIIMS, police said. Her husband Satish Chandok also suffered minor injuries in the incident.