Two persons of a family in Vishnupura were found murdered in their house Friday morning,police said. The victims – advocate Ashok Yadav (56) and his daughter-in-law Laxmi (25) – had their neck slit with signs of strangulation,Circle Officer (City) Hari Meena said.
Laxmi,who was married to Ashoks elder son,Atul,was pregnant by six months. Atul,police said,is missing since Thursday night.
Ashok,an advocate in the civil court in Azamgarh,lived with his two sons and a daughter-in-law. The police said that Ashoks daughter,Sindu,who found the bodies lying in a pool of blood in separate rooms early morning,was also staying with the family for some time.
Sindu alerted her younger brother Satish,who was not present in the house at the time. The police were subsequently informed, officer Meena said.
It appears that the assailant had used a sharp-edged weapon in inflicting deep wounds. The assailant may have strangled them before slitting their necks. Post mortem will give a clear picture, Meena said .
Preliminary investigations revealed that the family had dinner together at around 9.30 pm on Thursday,and later went to sleep. Satish,who runs a tent house in a market nearby,however,went to his shop to sleep. Sindu went to a room upstairs,while Ashok and Laxmi went to their room on the ground floor. We have no information on the whereabouts of Atul though, said Superintendent of Police (Azamgarh),Arvind Sen.
Sen added that the manner in which the two have been killed indicates someone known to the family could be involved. We are working on certain clues, he said.
Atul got married last year and did not have any permanent source of income. He has twice been booked under Section 394 (voluntarily causing hurt during robbery) of the IPC in the past, Meena said. A case of murder against unknown persons has been registered at Rani Ki Sarai police station on the complaint lodged by Satish.
The advocates at the district court paid condolence and boycotted legal work in the wake of Ashoks murder.