The security guard of a city school and his brother were bludgeoned to death on the premises of the United Christian Senior Secondary School in North Delhi. The incident happened despite the presence of two policemen in the vicinity, who were guarding a church located barely 50 metres away.
Both victims, Sunil (40) and Anil (24), were students of the school once.
The incident happened on the intervening night of July 14 and July 15. Nearly Rs 25,000 was also stolen from the principal’s room, said police.
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But the two policemen guarding the nearby Saint Stephen Baptist Church reportedly had no inkling of the incident. Delhi police have deployed their personnel at several churches after a series of attempted burglaries were reported from various churches and schools.
A sweeper working at the school found the bodies lying outside the principal’s office at 7.30 am on Wednesday.
“A blood-stained stone and an iron rod have been seized from the spot and we are investigating the matter. There is no CCTV footage available,” said DCP (North) Madhur Verma.
The police are also investigating four threat letters reportedly received by Darwin Pershad, the principal of the school.
“The principal had earlier received four threat letters in Hindi. He had ignored them and did not even file a complaint. But we don’t think this is an important link . Someone might have played a prank,” said the police.
The modus operandi of the incident was similar to some other crimes in the area, he said. “The assailants broke the iron water pipe and used it break the lock of the door,” said Verma.
The police are also looking into two separate motives behind the crime.
“It could be an intended burglary and an eventual killing. Or the assailants came with the intent to murder,” said the police.
But family members of the duo claimed they had no problems or feuds with anyone.
Pershad said Sunil was an efficient man who had worked for the school since 2009.
He added that had not filed a complaint over the threat letters as he had assumed that they were merely part of a prank by some students.