A Sirsa-based property dealer on Wednesday allegedly murdered his wife and two children,locked them in three iron trunks and then set these on fire.
The incident came to light when the locals saw flames and smoke coming out of the house and informed the police,who recovered the charred bodies from the trunks. The police suspect that property dealer Malkit Singhs illicit affair with another woman was the motive behind the murders.
Malkit,his father Bhagat Singh,brother Bhola and an unidentified woman with whom Malkit was involved have been booked on charges of murder and destruction of evidence and are absconding. The deceased have been identified as Malkits wife Amarjeet Kaur,his 18-month-old daughter Navdeep Kaur and six-month-old son Sehaj Singh.
According to the police,Amarjeets brother Randhir Singh,who lives abroad,had come to the village a few days ago and given Malkit Rs 5 lakh to start a property dealing business. Randhir,in his statement to the police,has alleged that Malkit demanding more money from Amarjeet and used to torture her mentally and physically.
Though the couple enjoyed a cordial relationship,but for the last couple of months,Malkit had developed intimate relations with another woman,because of which he used to have frequent altercations with Amarjeet. The demand to get more money from us was another major reason for which Malkit had started torturing Amarjeet, Randhir told the police. He added that Malkit had brought the woman home. This led to a fight between the couple,after which Malkit killed Amarjeet and the children. The couple had got married in February,2010.
We have registered a case and are investigating the matter. The accused are at large,but will soon be arrested, Sirsa SP Devender Yadav said.
The forensic experts,who inspected the scene of crime,have indicated that the crime could have been committed by more than one person. While postmortem reports of the bodies are awaited,the doctors,who conducted the postmortems,indicated that the three might have been either intoxicated or suffocated to death.