A 65-year-old man allegedly killed his daughter-in-law and three members of his tenant’s family, including their nine-year-old daughter, in Gurgaon’s Rajendra Park early on Tuesday morning. The tenant’s second daughter, aged three, sustained injuries and is in the hospital, said police.
The incident took place at the bungalow of former Armyman Rai Rao Singh (65). He then went to the police and told them he was responsible for killing his daughter-in-law Sunita Yadav and his tenants Krishn Tiwari (40), his wife Anamika Tiwari (37), and their child.
Police said Singh is being questioned before a formal arrest is made.
DCP (West Gurgaon) Deepak Saharan said: “On Tuesday morning, we received information that several bodies had been found inside a house in Rajendra Park. Singh confessed to the murders, and he told us about an affair being the motive. At this point, we can only support this theory once we have the required evidence. The claims of the accused will be investigated and all angles are being looked into. The accused is currently in custody and further action will be taken accordingly.”
Police have filed an FIR against Singh on charges on murder and conspiracy, based on a complaint filed by Krishn’s brother-in-law Ashwini Mishra.
According to police, the incident took place between 2-3 am on Tuesday morning. The body of Singh’s daughter-in-law was found close to the door on the first floor, where she lived with her husband. The tenant was found lying in a room above, while the two minors and their mother were on the bed.
Police believe the accused allegedly used a sharp-edged instrument to attack the victims. It is suspected that he first went to Sunita’s room and allegedly killed her before going to the tenant’s house to kill the family in their sleep, said officers.
According to police sources, Singh’s son Anand left to visit Khatushyam temple in Rajasthan the evening before the incident. A team has been sent to bring him to Gurgaon for the purpose of taking statements in connection with the case, said police sources.
Singh had shifted to the area between 1989-1990 and had been living in the house ever since. He stayed with his wife, daughter, and son. While his daughter moved away after her wedding, his son, who married Sunita a few years ago, lived on the first floor. The ground floor and rooms built on the second floor were leased out to tenants, said police and locals.
Krishn and Anamika hailed from Bihar and had taken a room on the second floor on rent last year. Due to the pandemic, the family had gone back to Bihar and returned only a few weeks ago once offices reopened. Krishn worked in Axis Bank while Anamika was a housewife, said the family.
Police said they are investigating if anyone else was involved in the crime. The couple’s family claimed they had issues with Singh.
“Krishn and his family had visited my house on Raksha Bandhan… they told us they had been having issues with their landlord. On Tuesday, I came to know that they had been murdered and this crime has been carried out by Rai Singh,” alleged Mishra in the FIR.
A relative claimed Krishn had spoken to his family earlier as well about arguments with his landlord over rent and other private issues.