A 76-year-old woman and her 45-year-old daughter-in-law were stabbed to death inside their house in Northeast Delhi’s Subhash Park Sunday. The women were identified as Dolly Rai and her mother-in-law Vimla Devi. Police detained a relative of the victims Tuesday evening and said it was found during investigation that he had taken a loan from Dolly’s son and could not repay it. “He was being pressured to repay. He was aware of a trip the sons were taking and came after they left the house and killed the women. He robbed the house and locked their pet dog inside a room,” a senior police officer said.
Police said that the bodies were discovered nearly 30 hours later. The family runs a shop selling puja items in Chandni Chowk. Dolly was found lying in a pool of blood with injuries on her abdomen and neck, and Vimla Devi was found lying on her bed with stab injuries. The incident took place while they were alone.
Around 4.20 am Tuesday, Dolly’s sons Sarthak (23) and Shashank (25) made a PCR call after they found the women dead.
Sanjay Sain, DCP (Northeast), said: “An enquiry revealed that the sons were in Rishikesh for 2-3 days and returned Tuesday.”
Sarthak and Shashank told police that they tried calling their mother on Sunday but her phone was switched off. “When we came back, the house was locked and mother wasn’t answering her phone. We then took a spare key from the car and opened the door. There was blood everywhere,” said Sarthak.
Around two years ago, Dolly’s husband Alok Rai, the breadwinner of the house, died of cancer. Dolly encouraged her sons to start their own businesses, and they opened a shop. Dolly helped them by doing product packaging at home. Vimla was bedridden and would stay in her room on the first floor.
“The sons left because it was a long weekend and they wanted to visit Rishikesh with friends. We all spoke to Dolly on Saturday. She went to a Covid vaccination camp. I was planning to visit mummy (Vimla). She can’t move around and has difficulty speaking. I’m sure Dolly must have put up a fight. She was brave…,” said Alka, Vimla’s daughter, who stays in Chandigarh.
The family had said earlier in the day that the accused was possibly an acquaintance because their dog was found locked in a room. “Bruno (the dog) would never let anyone enter the house without Dolly’s permission,” said Uma, a family friend.
The house has a surveillance system and the gate can only be opened from the inside. There are two CCTVs — on the ground floor and the second floor. “One CCTV is missing and the other isn’t working,” said Pranita, Vimla’s granddaughter. The family said Rs 3-4 lakh and jewellery are missing. All almirahs were found open.