A 50-year-old railway employee was found battered to death at his home in Parade Mohalla, Kalka, on Monday morning. The man had an injury on his forehead, possibly made with a sharp-edged weapon. The steel almirah inside the room was also broken into, with Rs 25,000 and some jewellery missing.
This incident comes within six months of the murder of a jeweller’s 19-year-old son in the town. Two men had attacked him with an iron rod at his father’s shop on the intervening night of July 4 and July 5, before fleeing with jewellery worth Rs 50 lakh.
The victim of the Monday incident has been idenitified as Shyam Lal Kalyan, who worked as a head mechanic with the railways. He is survived by his wife Sapna and three sons -- Gagan, 19, Paras, 17, and Teenu, 16.
It was the eldest, Gagan, a Class 12 student, who found his father’s body around 9.15am with an injury on his forehead and bloodied bedsheets. He informed his neighbour Krishan Chand, a former councillor, who called the police. Kalyan was rushed to hospital, but was declared brought dead.
Sapna is deputed as a Home Guards volunteer with the Haryana Police in Ambala. Gagan and Paras study in DAV Senior Secondary School in Sector 8, Chandigarh, while Teenu studies at Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 16. All three are play football and go to the railway ground in Kalka for practice. On Monday morning, they had left for practice early while Sapna had gone to work.
Kalyan reportedly had drinks on Sunday night and complained of headache in the morning, telling the family he won’t be going to work. Between 8.30am and 9.15am, he was alone at home. Gagan saw the body on returning from practice.
The steel almirah including its lockers were found broken. “Two pairs of earrings, two rings and Rs 25,000 in cash was missing from the cupboard. He did not have enmity with anyone,” said Gagan, who was scheduled to leave for Bengaluru to undergo a medical test after his selection in the army.
Police said it could be a financial matter, after they recovered a register which contained details of bets. They added that Kalyan was drunk last night. The victim’s cousin, Vishal Kalyan, confirmed that he drank regularly. “Earlier, he was involved in lottery. I cannot confirm anything about betting,” he said.
Kalka station house officer (SHO) Surjeet Singh said: “The motive was murder and not robbery. It is difficult to believe that someone would rob a house in the morning. It could be someone close to the family or a neighbour.”