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Chowk remains closed to protest murders

THE CHOWK market remained shut on Tuesday to protest the gruesome double murder of elderly couple Chhaganlal Mittal, 75, and his wife Krishna, 70, at their house.
None | By HT Correspondent, Bhopal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2006 02:28 PM IST

THE CHOWK market remained shut on Tuesday to protest the gruesome double murder of elderly couple Chhaganlal Mittal, 75, and his wife Krishna, 70, at their house.

The traders alleged the law-and-order situation was deteriorating in the Capital and criminals were targeting businessmen. The traders held a meeting in the morning and submitted a memorandum to the Superintendent of Police (SP) demanding more police presence in Chowk and the arrest of the killers.

The police are investigating all aspects pertaining to the gruesome killings in order to nab the killers. The deceased’s son, Sunil, is still to recover from the shock and the police are waiting to interrogate him about suspects.

Sunil has reportedly named a trader as suspect and the police are interrogating the latter. The police are also looking out for the other son, Anil, who has been missing for the last four years. Also, the police are investigating the family history and if they had any monitory dispute with anyone.

That the killers managed to enter the house in the busy locality in the late afternoon, murdered the couple brutally without anyone in the neighbourhood hearing any sounds and escaped with ease is bothering the police.

The police suspect the possibility of an acquaintance’s involvement in the crime. Chhaganlal was a tightfisted man and had fought a legal case with his own son, Anil, for four years in the past. His eldest son had died in an accident almost 15 years ago while the second son, Anil, has been missing for the last four years.

The third son, Sunil, had divorce recently. The safe and trunks were broken but it could not be ascertained how much cash or jewellery was stolen.

Even Sunil was not aware about the jewellery and amount his father kept in the house. The police are yet to ascertain whether the motive was just robbery or a past enmity because the elderly couple was married with extreme brutality.

DIG Anuradha Shankar Singh said the police were investigating on the basis of the clues. “We are awaiting forensic reports including finger prints, the details of weapon used in the murders and the statement of the deceased’s son,” she said.
Earlier, businessmen raised slogans against the police and administration. Shops remained totally shut in Chowk though markets in Lakherapura and the adjoining areas were open.

Sense of deja vu, more and more elderly being targetted   
THE GRUESOME killings have once again rekindled memories of a similar double murder of businessman Suresh Mehta and his wife Usha, who were brutally stabbed to death at their house in Arera Colony over three years ago.

The sensational killings had occurred on October 10, 2002 but till date the police are yet to find any clue about the identity of the murders though suspicions ranged from the members of the de-notified tribes to the Bawaria gang of Rajasthan.

In the past several years, cases of elderly people being killed for money have been reported in the Capital. Mahendra Malviya, 70, was murdered at his house in Piplani on September 11, 2003. In April 2004, elderly Rohini Devi was found murdered in her house at Char Imli. The domestic servant was later arrested for murdering her.

Besides, the murders of Savitri Shrivastava, Gomti Sankushal in 2001, septuagenarian Shanta Solanki in 2003 are some of the other murders in which elderly persons living alone were targeted.

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