A 63-year-old businessman,his driver and two domestic helps were found dead with their throats slit in the businessmans bungalow in East Delhis Vivek Vihar area on Monday morning.
The businessman,Bajrang Lal Bokaria,dealt in rubber chemicals,police said. His body was found tied to a chair in the master bedroom,while the bodies of his driver and domestic helps were on the floor of the bedroom. All four were found with mouths gagged,police said.
Only the master bedroom was ransacked,police said.
We found four glasses and a water bottle on the dining table,which suggests that the entry was friendly. However,the lock of the master bedroom was found broken. We have sent the bodies for post-mortem examination and have registered a case of murder, a police officer said.
The assailant(s) had taped their mouths and tied the hands with a rope. Their throats were slit with a sharp-edged weapon, the officer said.
Bokaria,police said,was at home with his helps,his wife had gone to Rajasthan to attend a religious function.
Bokaria had a factory of rubber chemicals in Jhilmil Colony,East Delhi,and was also the vice president of the Oswal Terapanth Jain Samaj.
The murders were reported after one Subhash Jaithia,a member of the Oswal community,came to Bokarias bungalow to meet him on Monday morning. He told police that the main door of the bungalow was open. He went to the master bedroom and found the bodies. He alerted neighbours and also made a PCR call around 8.30 am.
According to police,Bokarias brother-in-law had called him on Sunday morning and had told him that he would be sending one of his helps to collect a car key from Bokaria.
His brother-in law had asked Bokaria to give a spare key of one of his cars to the help as he had lost the original one. Around 4.30 pm on Sunday,the help went to Bokarias home and collected the key from a woman, a police officer said.
Police said there was no woman help in the house and are trying to find out who this woman was.
On Sunday evening,when his brother-in-law tried to contact Bokaria on phone,he did not respond.
On Monday,after the murders came to light,scores of people,including the followers of Oswal sect,gathered outside his bungalow and shouted slogans against the Delhi Police.
There is a police barricade right outside his bungalow. Then how did the assailants enter,kill four men,rob the house and flee? What were the police doing? a protester said.
Police deployed around 50 personnel in the area to control the crowd. The protesters dispersed after police assured them a speedy investigation in the case.
Bokaria is survived by his wife,a son and a daughter,both of whom are settled in Mumbai.