A day after an elderly woman, her three daughters and their security guard were found with their throats slit at her mansion in Shahdara’s Mansarovar Park, police have constituted 25 teams to question the family and friends.
The women — Urmila Jindal (78) and her three daughters, Sangeeta Gupta (52), Nupur Jindal (48) and Anjali Jindal (45) — lived with about 40 members of their extended family in a sprawling residential complex spread over 24,000 sq feet. The family claimed they did not hear anything during the murders.
The family used to own the Jindal Oil Mill at MS Park, a mustard oil refinery, which shut down in the 1970s. Police sources told The Indian Express that many valuables — including silver jewellery, laptops, and a handicam — were left untouched. The jewellery the women were wearing and some cash kept in drawers were also not stolen. Hence, sources said, police suspect the role of professional killers who staged the robbery to mislead investigators. “Every angle is being investigated,” DCP (Shahdara) Nupur Prasad told The Indian Express.
According to police, Urmila and her daughters owned property worth Rs 24 crore in east and central Delhi. Besides, they received Rs 1.5 lakh per month as rent from the shops and warehouses on the ground floor of the mansion. Most of the extended family lives on the first floor of the mansion, while the ground floors have been given on rent.
Meanwhile, the family has denied any property dispute and said robbery was the prime motive. Police have also questioned five painters who were whitewashing the house, after family members said one of the women got into an argument with the men on Friday. Police, however, said nothing incriminating has come to light against the men so far.
Police are awaiting call detail records of the women’s mobile phones, as well as reports from fingerprint experts to ascertain if outsiders were involved in the murders.