Girl main witness in triple murder case

Girl main witness in triple murder case

In a triple murder incident involving a woman and her two children, Anam witnessed the horrific killings but the five-year-old is so far unable to pinpoint the identity of the killer whom she described as “chacha.”

It was luck or presence of mind that Anam hid under a bed to escape the eyes of the killer. Currently, the investigating team from Khayala police station is treating Anam as a crucial witness in the case.

“Anam was hiding under the bed when I returned home from Jaipur on Monday morning. She also claims to have seen two men kill Shabnam, Ibrahim and Khushnasib. She says ‘chacha aaye the’ (Uncle had come),”  Zafar told Deccan Herald.

Anam, however, calls all men known to her in the neighbourhood as ‘chacha.’ After initial probe, police confirmed that the killer is known to the family. “The footage of CCTV cameras in the area has also been analysed. But nothing significant has been noticed,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Pushpender Kumar.

There are at least three CCTV cameras in the 50-metre radius of the building in New Raghubir Nagar F-Block. The family lived on rent in the second floor of the building for the past two years.

Zafar says the main door of the house was latched from outside when he reached there at 6.30 am. As it was a weekday, Zafar thought Shabnam may have gone to drop Ibrahim, Khushnasib and Amna to their school near the house. Shabnam usually returned home in 20 minutes.

Zafar waited outside the house for a while and tried to contact Shabnam on her mobile phone. Shabnam did not respond to the calls after which Zafar went inside, waiting for five-ten minutes.

“Zafar was shocked to see Shabnam lying on the bed. The bodies of Ibrahim and Khushnasib were on the floor. Zafar screamed for help on which neighbours gathered outside the house,” said Husna, a relative. Anam, and the couple’s four-year-old daughter Arshi and eleven-month-old son Ayaan were also in the room and crying.”

“When I asked Anam if she had seen anything, she said some men came home late on Sunday. Anam pretended to sleep and escaped harm,” Zafar added.

A call was made to the police control room, but the mother and two children were declared dead at the spot. Police have questioned all the men living in the building and neighbourhood, and shown photographs to Anam. The call data records of Shabnam’s mobile phone has also been retrieved.

“The house was found to be ransacked, but it is yet to be ascertained whether robbery was involved,” Pushpender Kumar added. Shabnam’s brother Asif told Deccan Herald that Shabnam and the kids had gone to their parents’ house in west Delhi’s Vishnu Garden on Sunday. “They returned home late on Sunday. Zafar and Shabnam had an arranged marriage in 2005,” Asif said. The bodies were handed over to Zafar after post-mortem on Monday afternoon.

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