It was just another cold, wintery December morning for Eijaz Karim Khan. The security guard at an upscale high-rise society in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram area had taken a round of the building compound and was settling in his chair when he heard a loud thud. At first, he thought it was a cat or a dog. But it was too loud for the four-legged creatures. Khan quickly rushed to the direction of the sound and what he saw next sent shivers down his spine. Three persons- a man and two women- were lying on ground writhing in pain and pool of blood.
Quick-thinking Khan called police and his superiors. He recognised the man lying on the ground as ‘aathvein (8th) floor wale sahab’. The police arrived at the spot and Khan took them to the flat. Upon entry, the police team straight away went to the balcony where red slippers and white chairs were the silent witness of the tragic end of a beautiful family of five.
Further inside the apartment were two children lying motionless on the bed. With no sign of resistance, it was said that the children were murdered while they were sleeping. Such was the meticulous planning that the man, now identified as one Gulshan Kumar, had also killed his pet rabbit. The body of the rabbit was found in a carton in children’s bedroom. The last wish of the family was scribbled in frail hand-writing on the wall of one of the rooms. Rs 500 notes were pasted on the wall with the note - “Here’s the money for our rites. Our last wish is that all five of us should be cremated together.”
So what forced Gulshan Kumar to take this extreme step? The police says that the investigation points to a bad deal where Kumar lost Rs 2 crore. With no money and pressure from other dealers, Kumar was unable to cope with the situation.
Apart from Kumar, his wife and a close associate also ended their lives. Initially, there were reports that the other woman Kumar’s second wife. But now, the cops say that she was the close associate, who used to handle all businesses. Sources say that she was living with the family for past five years.
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