Triple murder in Chandigarh: Woman, two children killed at home; husband emerges as prime suspect
Husband succumbs to injuries more than 24 hours after being hit by a train; suicide suspectedUpdated: Jan 24, 2020 00:55 IST
A woman and her two children were found murdered with their throats slit at their house in Chandigarh around 1:30am on Thursday.
Police said the woman’s husband, Sanjay Arora, 50, who died more than 24 hours after being hit by a train in Panchkula, is the prime suspect. Though a suicide note was recovered claiming financial issues, police are verifying its veracity.
The victims have been identified as Sarita Arora, 45, Sanchi, 21, and Arjun, 16. Sanjay owned various properties and used to run the household with the rent earned from them. The family had moved to a flat at Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra, after selling a bungalow two years ago, said an investigating official.
“Sanjay is the prime suspect, but we are verifying the facts,” said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nilambari Jagadale.
Sanjay was admitted to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) with blunt injuries on the right side of his head and other parts of the body.
Police were pinning their hopes on his recovery to get more clarity on the motive and other details of the crime. However, after he succumbed to his injuries late at night, the probe is expected to take a hit.
Police said Sarita was killed first, in her room on Wednesday afternoon. Her throat was slit using a sharp-edged weapon. “There were signs that Sarita resisted the attack as there were injury marks on her ears and other parts of the body,” said an investigating official, privy to the matter, requesting anonymity.
Arjun arrived at the house after attending school in the afternoon. He was found dead in his room with his throat slit and his school uniform drenched in blood.
Later, the couple’s daughter, Sanchi, a law student at Chandigarh University, was hit by an iron rod before her neck was slit, when she got back home. Her body was found lying in the drawing room. Police have recovered a knife, suspected to be the murder weapon.
Later, Sanjay allegedly jumped before a train in the nearby Mansa Devi Complex area in Panchkula, and the incident was reported to the Government Railway Police (GRP). He was rushed to the General Hospital in Sector 6, Panchkula, from where he was referred to the PGIMER.
Karamveer, who runs a sweets shop leased out by Sanjay in Sector 9, Panchkula, claimed he received a call from the PGIMER informing him about the accident. When calls to inform the family members went unanswered, he went to their home post midnight.
He reportedly found the house door locked from outside. On flashing the torchlight through a window, he saw the three bodies with blood all around. He called the police immediately.
Some traders known to Sanjay said he would mostly purchase disputed property, which got him into trouble and soured his relations with many people.
A top police official, privy to the matter, said: “A suicide note was found at the house. The knife used for murders was also recovered. In the suicide note, it is mentioned that Sanjay had suffered a huge loss in an investment made in a property in Panchkula. It said he was in severe stress, and his dead body can be recovered from the railway tracks.”
Sanjay’s medical examination confirmed that he was heavily drunk when he was admitted to hospital, said the police official.
However, people known to Sanjay told HT that he abstained from drinking. SSP Jagadale said police are verifying whether the suicide note was actually written by him.
Meanwhile, police have registered a case of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), but haven’t named the accused yet. The GRP has made a daily diary register (DDR) entry in Sanjay’s case.