Shahdara murder: 12 people questioned as 100 cops try to crack case
Urmila Jindal and her three daughters, Sangeeta Gupta, 56, Nupur, 48 and Anjali, 38, were found dead in their first floor flat, while the body of their 42-year-old security guard, Rakesh, was found in the parking area of the haveli.delhi Updated: Oct 08, 2017 23:34 IST
Twelve people, including family members, employees and domestic helps, were questioned on Sunday as police tried to find clues to crack the sensational murders of five people in east Delhi’s Shahdara.
The bodies of 82-year-old Urmila Jindal, her three daughters and a security guard were recovered from the sprawling ‘Jindal Oil Mills’ haveli on Saturday.
Twenty-five teams comprising of around 100 personnel from Shahdara district have been formed to probe and crack the case, police said.
Senior police officers who are supervising the investigation said they have grilled more than 30 people since the murders came to light around 7am on Saturday. However, they are yet to make a breakthrough or find a motive behind the killings. The police have also not been able to recover the weapon(s) that was used to stab the four women and the security guard.
Police have already ruled out robbery as a motive despite the women’s room being ransacked. They said the killers had deliberately ransacked the scene to mislead the police. Expensive mobile phones and jewellery belongings to the victims were reportedly not found to be missing. The nephews and relatives of the dead women, however, have also been denying property dispute as a possible motive.
Urmila Jindal and her three daughters, Sangeeta Gupta, 56, Nupur, 48 and Anjali, 38, were found dead in their first floor flat, while the body of their 42-year-old security guard, Rakesh, was found in the parking area of the haveli. The murders happened in an building known as the ‘Jindal Oil Mills’, a popular landmark in east Delhi and one of the first buildings to have come up in Shahdara.
Investigators told Hindustan Times that the killers murdered Rakesh near the main entry gate. Thereafter, they dragged his body for fifteen meters towards the parking area and hid it behind some two-wheelers parked there. While Urmila’s body was found near the bedroom door, two of her daughters were found dead in a pool of blood inside the bedroom. The other daughter was stabbed and murdered in the drawing room, close to the main door of the flat.
Nupur Prasad, deputy commissioner of police (Shahdara), said each of the 25 teams has been given different tasks. The tasks include preparing a list of suspects and tracing people who had access to the haveli, their questioning, scanning of CCTV cameras installed nearby, probing the role of local criminals, collecting call details records and dump data of mobile phones active around the crime scene during the offence.
“We have yet not ruled out property dispute as a motive in the case. The autopsy reports of the victims confirmed they were not drugged or smothered before stabbing. The actual cause of deaths was stabbing and excessive bleeding,” she said.
Investigators said they are verifying the claims of relatives that nobody heard anything, even as killers made a friendly entry into the house and murdered five people. “Some members of the household were sleeping in a room right behind Urmila’s bedroom. The other room is hardly ten meters from the main door. But it’s strange that nobody heard anything,” said an investigator.