A retired professor of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), along with his wife and son, was found dead at his home in the state capital on Monday.
Prof Purushottam Lal Sachdev, 66, who retired from the Mathematics Department of IISc in 1997, was strangled with a dupatta on the first floor. His wife Reeta (60) and son Deepak (35) were strangled with a wire in two separate rooms on the ground floor.
Syed Ulfath Hussain, DCP (North), said the murders took place on Sunday, but the bodies could only be discovered on Monday. “We would not have known of Prof Sachdev’s murder without the help of dog squad. We first discovered two bodies, but the third was noticed only after the dogs lead us upstairs. His body was hidden with suitcases piled around it. The house was locked from outside. They were not murdered for money. We did not find wardrobes or any other storage places in disarray,” he said.
Hussain said Rajesh Diwan, a family friend, found the house locked on Monday morning. Other relatives tried to reach Prof Sachdev over the phone, but their calls were not answered. Diwan then went to the RT Nagar Police Station and broke open the door with the help of policemen.
Prof Sachdev’s adopted son Anurag (22), a pre-university dropout, was away at a friend’s place when the incident took place. He returned on Monday.
“We are questioning Anurag and also looking for the maid and her husband who lived nearby. They have left their hut since Monday morning,” Hussain said.