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Retired official under lens in murder case

Police suspect the retired government employee, Gopal Sharan Singh, abetted the murder of his second wife and two daughters, found dead at their Indrapuri residence on Saturday.

The cops had declared on Sunday that Singh’s elder son from his first wife, Devesh alias Rinku, allegedly murdered his stepmother Aneela and stepsisters Sonali and Poornima on Friday fearing his father could sell off their land in the city under the influence of Aneela. A day on, Singh (65) was under the scanner of the police because of accompanying Devesh to New Delhi on the day the trio were killed.

“Devesh had come to Patna from New Delhi on Thursday and asked his father to accompany him to the national capital the next day so that they could talk and settle the property dispute. Singh agreed but Aneela was in no mood to let him go. Yet, he left for New Delhi with Devesh on Friday. So it is hard to believe that Singh was in the dark about the nefarious design of his son,” a senior police officer told The Telegraph.

Police have not found any clue against Rintu, Singh’s younger son from his first wife. Sources said the city police team members sent to New Delhi on Saturday after the gruesome murders extensively spoke with Rintu but found nothing suspicious.

“Until now, the cops have no clue to prove that Rintu, a teacher in a private coaching centre in New Delhi, was also involved in the crime. The two brothers stay in different places,” the officer said.

“Rintu told the police that his and his brother’s lives turned miserable after Singh remarried. They were shown the door by Aneela,” the officer said.

According to Rintu, the financial condition of his father was bad because he used to get just Rs 1,500 as monthly pension. Against this backdrop, a match was fixed for Sonali and Aneela allegedly started exerting pressure on Singh to sell off their land.

“Devesh was dead against it. In fact, he had somehow kept the sale deed of the land with him,” the officer added.


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