Youth killed grandparents
THE ELDERLY couple found murdered at their Marwari Road residence on March 27 had been killed by their grandson who along with his friends had committed the crime for money, said the police on Tuesday.india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 01:31 IST
THE ELDERLY couple found murdered at their Marwari Road residence on March 27 had been killed by their grandson who along with his friends had committed the crime for money, said the police on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference, SP Anant Kumar Singh said that the accused, Pawan, a resident of Seoni Malwa, had planned to murder his grandfather and grandmother in order to take away the booty.
Pawan was the son of Agarwal’s daughter who was married in Seoni Malwa. He quit school after tenth. The accused believed that the elderly couple—76-year-old Chhaganlal Agarwal (Mittal) and his wife Krishna, 70, kept lot of cash in the house.
However, the accused were disappointed, as they could not find booty as per their expectations and barely got jewellery and cash worth Rs 45,000.
The couple never let any unidentified person enter the house and when someone pushed the bell, they looked down from the first floor and only after recognising allowed him or her to enter the house. As neighbours were aware of this habit of the couple, the police suspected the hand of a relative or family member who got access into the house.
During investigation the police found that Pawan was a frequent visitor to their house and he was also in touch with several anti-social elements. Besides, he allegedly sold daggers. Pawan, 20, eventually confessed during interrogation that along with his friends Raju Kaushal, 20, and Pravin Mishra, 18, he committed the crime.
The trio had come to Bhopal and Pawan made a phone call to the grandfather’s house to ascertain if the couple was alone in the house or there was any visitor. They smothered Agarwal by putting a pillow on his face and stabbed him repeatedly with a dagger.
Meanwhile, the rest of the accused had stifled Krishna so that she couldn’t scream and later stabbed her to death also. The accused opened the safe and took away Rs 25,000 cash apart from jewellery and Rs 10,000 from the almirah.
They then fled the spot and returned to Seoni Malwa (Hoshangabad). Police said Pawan’s father Surendra is a farmer. Pawan told police that he and his friends were under debt and the idea to kill his grandparents had come to him. Pawan was also a habitual gambler. The police have recovered the dagger and the knife used in the murders and arrested the accused.
Grandpa made tea, granny brought sweets
THE ACCUSED told police that elderly Chhaganlal had himself made tea for the trio while Krishna had brought ‘laddoo’ for them. When the trio reached the house, Chhaganlal had asked him the purpose of visit to which Pawan said that they had come to get textbooks for the session. Ironically after having tea and sweets, the trio paid back the elderly couple’s affection with their murderous greed.