This Article is From Mar 02, 2014

Government official found dead with wife and children at Delhi home

Government official found dead with wife and children at Delhi home

The government quarters in Sadiq Nagar where the bodies were found

New Delhi: A government official, along with his wife and two children, was found dead at his official residence in South Delhi today.

Ananya Chakravarty, 52, who worked in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) at the Cabinet Secretariat, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the drawing room of his house. His wife Jaishri, 43, son Arnab, 17, and daughter Disha, 12, were found dead in pools of blood in separate rooms of the house. Their bodies bore blunt injury marks, the police said.

Investigators have recovered a blood-stained hammer from the house which they suspect was used to kill Jaishri and the two children.

The family, which lived in Type 3 government quarters in Sadiq Nagar near Defence Colony, was last seen on Friday.

"The incident came to light when their domestic help reached their residence at around 3:30 pm. The door was not opened even after she rang the bell several times. She called the security guard whose calls too went unanswered. He then informed the neighbours following which the police was called," a police official said.

The bodies were discovered after a police team broke into the house.

Police said that the incident might have taken place on Friday evening but that could be ascertained only after a post-mortem report which would reveal the time and cause of death.

The police have not found any suicide note from the house, and said there were no signs of a forced entry.

"Prima facie it seems that Chakravarty first killed his family and then committed suicide," police said.

Mr Chakravarty was from West Bengal and had been living in the house since the last couple of years. His wife was a teacher in a government school; Arnab was a student of class 11 while Disha studied in class 7.

Their bodies have been moved to AIIMS for post-mortem.