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Double deaths in Xmas run-up

New Delhi, Dec. 22: An elderly dog lover was found dead with his helper and several strays in a farmhouse and a young woman’s body was found in a suitcase in her home as residents of the capital began a grisly countdown to Christmas.

The bodies of Vishwant Kumar, 65, his helper and nine dogs were discovered yesterday morning by security guard Munna Yadav, who called police.

“There was no sign of forced entry,” said additional DCP (south) N.S. Bundela. “We will be in a better position after we get the post-mortem report.”

The police believe Kumar was poisoned. Sources said the food found in the locked room, along with the “fluid” on the floor — apparently, they all had vomited — have been sent for analysis.

In Gurgaon, the police found Archana Trivedi’s body in a suitcase in her home.

Trivedi, who was in her thirties, worked in the Union commerce ministry.

Investigators claimed her husband, Dinkar Pagare, had confessed that he killed her after a tiff. “We are investigating the case,” said Gurgaon SSP Mohinder Lal.

Kumar had started Delhi’s first supermarket — Modern Bazaar — at Vasant Vihar. For years, it was the only place where Delhiites could get imported cheese and olives.

Estranged from his wife a decade ago, Kumar lived in the farmhouse where he ran the shelter. He had recently sold his share in Modern Bazaar.

“He was very superstitious, he never counted his children,” said co-worker Jyotsna Singh, alluding to the dogs. “He had close to 80 to 100 children. He never refused any dog that came in.”

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