A 78-year-old woman, her three daughters and their security guard were found with their throats slit at her residence in Shahdara’s Mansarovar Park along the NH-58 Saturday. With lockers and almirahs open but no sign of a forced entry, police suspect that someone known to the family could be involved.
DCP (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad confirmed that prime facie, entry into the home appeared to be ‘friendly’. She said, “The body of the security guard, Rakesh, was recovered from the ground-floor parking, while the bodies of Urmila Jindal (78), Sangeeta Gupta (52), Nupur Jindal (48) and Anjali Jindal (45) were lying in a room on the first floor. The motive is yet to be ascertained.”
The women lived with about 40 members of their extended family in a residential complex spread over 24,000 sq feet — all of them claimed they did not hear anything during the murders. Officers added that lockers and almirahs had been opened, and they are trying to ascertain if any valuables are missing.
Police sources said the killer or killers may have scaled the boundary wall as the guard was deployed at the entrance. There is no CCTV camera in and around the house, said police sources. “The attackers first targeted the guard and then barged into Urmila’s house. There are signs of struggle inside the house,” said police sources.
While the family denied any property dispute, police said they are exploring all angles.
Police said that whitewash work was going on inside the house. According to police, on Friday night, Anjali had an argument with one of the painters after she noticed paint droplets on her car. Some family members had to intervene to pacify her, a relative said.
Police have questioned the painters and other staffers who were working in the house. Some family members have also been questioned, said police.
Police said the first call was received around 6.30 am when a florist, who comes every day to deliver flowers to the family, found the body of the security guard. The guard, a native of Baraut in UP, is survived by his wife and four children.
The florist has been detained, police said.
Most of the extended family lives on the first floor of the mansion, while the ground floors have been rented out to shops and warehouses. This rented space, police said, is the prime source of income for the family.
Urmila’s nephew Rakesh Jindal told The Indian Express that he was sleeping when Urmila’s driver came to inform him about the incident. “The house was ransacked and lockers were opened. Somebody looted the house and killed them,” he said.
Urmila’s husband, Ramkishan, died six years ago and she lived with her three daughters. Police said Sangeeta was a widow
while Nupur and Anjali were unmarried. Urmila’s son had died when he was four, in an accident in Uttarakhand.