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Inderlok case: Relative detained

A family of 7, that included children, was brutally murdered last Monday, sending shockwaves across the Capital.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 10:12 IST

In a major breakthrough in the Inderlok murder case, Delhi Police on Saturday “detained” a close relative of the Rathor family, along with three others, on “strong suspicion” of their involvement.

A family of seven — that included children — was brutally murdered last Monday in the area, sending shockwaves across the Capital.

Sanjay Rathor was being questioned till late in the night and sources said he could be arrested anytime.

Om Prakash Rathor, 45, his wife, Santosh, 40, their children, Manju, 21, Babita, 18, Dolly, 16, Puja, 15 and Aman, 7, were found dead in their Inderlok house (number B 34) on Monday.

Sanjay, police sources said, is the son of Santosh’s sister. Sanjay apparently had information that Om Prakash Rathor had a got a hefty payment running into a few lakhs.

Rathor owned a cardboard manufacturing unit on the ground floor. The family stayed on the first floor. However, the information was “wrong” and it turned out that Rahtor had just received a payment of a a few thousand rupees from a business deal.

Sanjay, sources said, had gone to Rathor’s place on Sunday night. “As he was known to the family, he gained an easy entry. He also had dinner with the family,” a police source said.

Sources also said Sanjay did not drug any of the family members and killed them one by one. While Om Prakash and his wife were killed while they were still awake, the children were killed when they were asleep. The police said they were further investigating a “love angle” to the crime.

Sources said that Sanjay had a liking for a cousin but due to objection from his parents, he had been shunted out. “Sanjay was staying with the Rathors in their house till sometime ago but was asked to leave when this came to light,” the source said.

Sanjay had been seen loitering around on Sunday night in the area. A extra bed had also been put up in the house for Sanjay. The police have also recovered a weapon of murder, a butcher’s knife, from the accused. Sanjay used to work for a placement agency.

Neighbours had last seen the family on Sunday night. The incident was discovered around 7 am, when neighbours saw smoke emanating from the house. The bodies of the children were found lying on the first floor while those of Rathor and his wife were found on the ground floor.

First Published: Aug 06, 2006 03:13 IST