New Delhi: A Central government employee and his wife were on Friday found dead at their house in Hazrat Nizamuddin area of south-east Delhi.
K Vijay Kumar, 57, who was working as Cost Advisor with the Ministry of Food, was reportedly found with his throat slit. His wife, Sita (51), a manager with a bank in South Delhi, was found hanging from the grille of the ventilator in a separate room at their residence in Kaka Nagar.
The couple`s daughter Varanya (22) was reportedly not at home at the time of the incident.
"The incident came to light at around 4:15 pm when Kumar`s daughter reached the house and found the main door of the house, latched from inside, was not opened by anybody even after she rang the bell several times," according to police.
"When she tried to peep into one of the room through the window, he saw his father lying in a pool of blood after which she raised an alarm," said a senior police official.
A PCR call was made at around 4:30 pm after which a police team with senior officials reached the spot and entered the house after breaking open the main door.
"Kumar was found lying in a pool of blood on the floor of a room while his wife was found hanging using her dupatta from the ventilator of an adjacent room. A deep cut was found on Kumar`s neck which indicated that his throat was slit," the official said.
"No suicide note was recovered from the spot. There was no sign of forced entry into the house, the door was bolted from within. We have registered a case of murder," said Joint Commissioner of Police Vivek Gogia.
Gogia also said that police had formed three teams to probe this case.
"With the help of a forensic team, we have collected all evidence from the house. The CCTV cameras installed in the house were being examined to know of activities that happened there. The call details of the couple are being verified," Gogia said.
Police is also probing the possibility that Sita either killed her husband or got someone to murder him before hanging herself.
Another investigating officer said the couple`s relationship had been strained for a while.
Police is also questioning two of the family`s servants, hired recently.
Neighbours said the family had been keeping to itself since Friday, hardly opening the door. They said a vegetable vendor had knocked at their door several times in the morning, but no one answered.
Varanya told police that she had gone to Rajasthan with her friends on a two-day trip. On Friday morning, she called her parents repeatedly but got no response.
She informed her father`s colleagues, and it was with them that she reached her home.
"For over four years the family had been living in this house, but they hardly spoke to neighbours. They were not interested much in social activities," a neighbour, Arpita, told a news agency.
(With Agency inputs)