CHENNAI: Three members of a family were found dead at Sowcarpet in Chennai on Wednesday evening with bullet injuries on their bodies. Police suspected that the trio were shot dead by their relatives due to a dispute.
The deceased have been identified as Dali Chand, 74, his wife Pushpa Bai, 70, and their son Sheetal, 42. They hailed from Jawal in Rajasthan.
Dali Chand was running a financing firm in the city, police said. The family stayed on the first floor of a three-storey residential apartment in Vinayaga Maestri Street at Sowcarpet.
The murders came to light after Dali Chand’s daughter, Pinki, who lives with her family in the neighbourhood, rang up her father. As there was no response, Pinki rushed to her parents’ home and found the trio dead inside their bedroom.
She raised an alarm. On being alerted by neighbours, a team from the Elephant Gate police station rushed to the spot.
An investigating officer said Dali Chand bore a bullet wound on his chin while Pushpa Bai suffered a wound on her forehead. Sheetal bore a bullet wound on the top of his head. All the injuries have confirmed that they were killed at point-blank range.
On information, city police commissioner Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal, North Chennai additional commissioner of police A Arun and joint commissioner of police V Balakrishnan and officers visited the murder scene.
A team of fingerprint experts and forensic experts were summoned to the spot. A sniffer dog was pressed into service to trace the assailants.
The bodies were sent to the Government General Hospital for postmortem. Further investigations are on.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that Sheetal married Jayamala, a native of Pune, and the couple have two daughters aged 13 and 11. As Sheetal reacted weird and often turned hyper, Jayamala separated from him and went to her parents’ house with her two daughters. They also filed a divorce case in a family court in Chennai. Meanwhile, Jayamala’s family members demanded a settlement from Sheetal’s family.
Jayamala’s brothers Vikas and Kailash often visited Dali Chand’s house and demanded money. Some of the neighbours told the investigating officers that they had spotted Vikas and Kailash recently. The duo had picked up an argument with Chand’s family.
The police suspected the role of Vikash and Kailash in the triple murder. The police have formed special teams to trace the assailants with the help of CCTV camera footages from nearby residences and shops.