An 82-year-old woman, her three daughters and their guard were found murdered at their house in east Delhi’s Shahdara on Saturday morning. The incident happened in their haveli  (ancestral house) known as the ‘Jindal Oil Mills’, a popular landmark in east Delhi and one of the first buildings to be built in Shahdara.

The police said that the family owns the Jindal Oil Mill in the national capital. The room had been ransacked but police suspect property and not robbery was the motive for the murders as the killers left behind the women’s phones and jewellery.

Joint Commissioner of eastern range Ravindra Yadav told The Times of India that they were not ruling out any possibility at this stage. “A crime and forensic team has lifted evidence, and six teams have been formed to nab the killers.”

The deceased were identified as Urmila (65), Sangeet Gupta (43), Nupur Jindal (35), Anjali Jindal (33) and security guard Rakesh (50).

According to a report in Hindustan Times, the five were found with neck wounds believed to have been inflicted by sharp objects though police are yet to recover any weapon.

The murders were discovered around 7 a.m. on Saturday when a flower delivery man, a regular to the household, did not receive a response from the security guard. He entered the unlocked gate of the property to find the guard lying near the stairs.

“The aged woman, Urmila Jindal, was to sell her share of the property,” Delhi Police chief spokesperson Dependra Pathak told HT.

DCP, Shahadra, Nupur Prasad told DNA that the entry of the accused into the house seemed friendly.

“We are probing the case from all possible angles. Family members and friends are being questioned. The bodies have been sent for post mortem and a case of murder has been registered,” Prasad said. The house did not have CCTV cameras installed but the police are checking footage from cameras installed nearby.

According to The Asian Age, a case of murder has been registered. The local police, along with the sleuths of the crime branch, has taken up the case and is probing into the same.

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