Three members of a family were found dead with multiple stab wounds inflicted with a knife, at their house in southwest Delhi’s Kishangarh village in the early hours of Wednesday. Following a 15-hour investigation, police have arrested the couple’s 19-year-old son in connection with the murders. Police said he allegedly killed them, as his parents objected to his lifestyle choices and beat him on several occasions.
The dead have been identified as Mithilesh Verma (45), his wife Siya Devi (35), and daughter Neha Verma (15).
According to police, the incident took place before 4 am. Police said Suraj allegedly killed his father while he was sleeping by inflicting multiple stab wounds on his abdomen. “Hearing the commotion, his sister woke up and he allegedly stabbed her in the neck. His mother, too, woke up and tried to protect her daughter,” said DCP (southwest) Devender Arya.
Police sources said when he stabbed his mother in the stomach, his sister was still alive. “He then started to ransack the house to mislead police. Meanwhile, his sister died,” said a police officer. Police have recovered a knife and a pair of scissors from the scene of crime. Police added that the accused had bought the items a day earlier and the shopkeeper has identified him, tying him to the murder weapons.
Police said Suraj harboured a grudge against his father as he beat him on several occasions. On August 15 this year, his father allegedly beat him up for flying a kite. “He failed in Class XII and was recently admitted to a BTech course… so his family imposed restrictions on him. They wanted him to study and would call him frequently, inquiring about his whereabouts,” Arya said.
Police added that he had a group of 10-15 friends, and his lifestyle choices were frowned upon by his parents.
When police arrived at the spot, Suraj claimed that he was hit on the head and lost consciousness. According to police, he claimed that two men gained entrance to their house from the balcony, with the intent to commit theft, and killed his parents and sister. However, police said he also allegedly made contradictory statements during his questioning.
Police said Mithilesh was found inside his bedroom, his wife was found in her room lying on the floor in a pool of blood and their daughter was found lying face down on the bed. Two bedrooms were found ransacked, with the mattresses and bags in disarray. However, police said, the drawing room was untouched. Mithilesh worked as a private contractor in the locality and also took up interior designing assignments. His friends claimed he was also the general secretary of a social outfit. His wife used to work in a local NGO, while their daughter was in Class X.
The family lived on the first floor of a four-storey building owned by them. Police said 10 other families live in the building and none of them heard any commotion. Eyewitnesses from the locality said they spotted Suraj slumped in his balcony and crying around 4.30 am. “He was hysterical, he kept saying ‘my father is gone, mother has been killed… please help me’,” claimed NP Singh, a neighbour, who lives across the road.
Singh’s son, Pintu, then leapt from his terrace and gained entrance to the first floor and asked his father to make a PCR call. “The house was locked from inside and Pintu had to take the keys from Suraj to open the main door,” said a police officer.
Suraj was kept inside the house for over three hours and questioned, following which he was whisked away via the back gate by police.
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