A 52-year-old real estate businessman, his wife and son were found murdered inside their third floor apartment in Central Delhi’s Old Rajinder Nagar area Sunday morning.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (central) Parmaditya said the victims have been identified as Sanjay, Jyoti (48) and Pawan (21). Police said the trio was strangled by unidentified assailants Saturday night.
Sanjay and Pawan had their hands tied behind their backs with a dupatta. Police suspect the assailants were known to the family, as they found no signs of forced entry into the three-bedroom flat.
“A relative, Virendra Kumar Bhatia, called police at 9.52 am and said Jyoti and Pawan were lying dead in their bedroom. A police team was rushed to the spot,” said an officer.
Initially, police suspected Sanjay as he was nowhere to be found. But during the search, his body was found stuffed in a cupboard in the second bedroom.
Police said the family’s domestic help, Sattu, came to the house at about 9 am and found the main door open. On entering the bedroom, she found her employer’s wife lying on the floor and the son on the bed.
“Sattu rushed downstairs and informed a neighbour, who in turn informed Bhatia,” the officer added.
Parmaditya added that the house was ransacked.
A police officer said, “Prima facie, it appears there were more than three assailants. They seemed to be looking for some documents as they ransacked all four rooms. Police are looking at Sanjay’s business rivals and if he had any enemies.”
The police team also found untouched food in the dining room. They questioned the man who delivered food to the house at about 9 pm Saturday but
got no leads.
Sources said Jyoti had received a call from her mother around 9.30 pm and said she would call back soon.
While there are around four to five CCTV cameras in the locality, police said most of them are not working. Police are also on the lookout for Sanjay’s driver. They found four mobile phones in the house and are checking call detail records.
Jyoti was a housewife while Pawan was a third-year mechanical engineering student at Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology in Rohini.