Elderly man, daughter found dead

Elderly man, daughter found dead

Police suspect murder over property

An 88-year-old man and his 50-year-old daughter were found dead at their house in north Delhi’s Shastri Nagar on Thursday. Police suspect they were killed over a property dispute.

“We had received a call saying that senior citizens had been murdered. When we reached at the spot, the bodies were found with several injury marks on the body. The house was not ransacked and the entry also seems to be friendly,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma.

Kishan Verma had retired as a primary teacher from a government school, while his daughter Rajbala was divorced.

After initial probe, police have found that there was a dispute over the Shastri Nagar property. Kishan had been fighting a case with his elder sons Ajay and Vijay in Tis Hazari court.

On the basis of relatives’ questioning, police have detained the two men for questioning. Ajay and Vijay run a gold and silver shop from the ground floor of the building.

As there was nothing missing from the house, police say the needle of suspicion points towards their involvement. “Kishan and his elder sons frequently had heated arguments over the property,” Kishan’s relative Amit Soni told Deccan Herald.

It is alleged that Kishan was also thrashed on Diwali last year after which he had complained with the local police. “The footage of closed-circuit television cameras installed outside the house has been analysed to identify people who visited the house. We hope to nab the killers soon,” said another police officer.

The incident came to the fore when Kishan’s relative Arvind went to the house at around 10.15 am. Arvind had also gone to the house on Wednesday evening because of which he is also under the scanner.

“Arvind saw the main door of the house bolted from outside. Inside, Rajbala’s body was in the drawing room. Kishan was found dead in his bedroom with the body wrapped in a blanket,” Kishan’s relative Amit added.

Arvind informed police after which Kishan and Rajbala were declared dead on the spot. There were injury marks on their bodies which suggests strangulation. The post-mortem of the bodies was conducted at Bara Hindu Rao Hospital.

“A case of murder under Indian Penal Code has been filed over Arvind’s statement with Sarai Rohilla police station,” Madhur Verma said.

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