East Delhi murders: No property dispute, had cordial relationship with everyone, says Jindal family
Four women in the house and a security guard were found stabbed to death inside the sprawling Shahdara house, know as ‘Jindal Oil Mills’, on Saturday morning.Updated: Oct 07, 2017 23:58 IST
Most old-time residents of Shahdara know the ‘Jindal Oil Mills’, located next to the GT Road, as a local landmark. Though the mills stopped producing oil around four decades ago, the name continues to be displayed outside the yellow building.
Locals would often marvel at the number of cars, including high-end luxury cars, parked inside and outside the house that sprawls over 5,000 square feet and is surrounded by roads on all four sides.
Four women in the house and a security guard were found stabbed to death inside the sprawling house on Saturday morning.
“This family was the first to construct a house in Shahdara. They drove around in an expensive car at a time when there were very few cars in Delhi. A lot of properties alongside GT Road in Shahdara belong to the family,” said Naresh Prakash, a local trader.
But every local businessman and resident Hindustan Times spoke to on Saturday said that outsiders could hardly ever step into the huge haveli that housed 40 members of the extended Jindal family.
“The family never had a dispute with anyone in the neighbourhood. Their youngsters are also friendly. But they ensured that locals barely got to enter the sprawling house,” said Shoaib Qureshi, a garments trader in the area.
On Saturday, as speculations made rounds that a property dispute could have caused the murders, the family stood united against the allegation.
“We have never been involved in any property dispute. We have lived happily as a large joint family and together celebrate each member’s birthday in our courtyard. We have never made enemies and are not embroiled in any police or court cases,” said Rakesh Jindal, nephew of Urmila Jindal, the 82-year-old woman who was found dead along with her three daughters and a security guard.
The family members said that they always believed that staying together in a big, joint family would ensure security. “We are reputed for our unity. Had any of us seen the killer, we would have taken care of him/her right there,” said a relative, who wished to be identified as “a family member”.
Urmila lost her husband, Ram Krishan, a few years ago. “Krishan ji had six brothers. Four of them are no more. One is settled in America and another stays here with us,” said Rakesh. Besides Urmila’s family, the family of Krishan’s six nephews have been living in the house.
Urmila lived with her three daughters — Sangeeta, Nupur and Anjali. Sangeeta lost her husband a few years ago, while the two others were unmarried. “Nupur and Anjali were looking after their mother who was bed-ridden,” said a relative, who again refused to be identified.
The family vehemently refuted claims that Nupur and Anjali suffered from mental health issues. “Urmila had lost her only son at the age of four, around four decades ago. He had fallen from the window of a house in Mussoorie,” said Vijender Sharma, a neighbour who sometimes interacted with the family.
Urmila’s only surviving relative is her fourth daughter, Abha, who is married to a doctor. The couple live with their two children in South Extension.
Urmila’s main source of income was the rent she got from the family’s common properties and local businesses. According to Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police spokesperson, Urmila was planning to sell her share in the property. “We are probing if this decision had anything to do with the murders,” Pathak told Hindustan Times over phone.
First Published: Oct 07, 2017 23:58 IST