Gurugram: A retired Army subedar allegedly died by suicide in the wee hours of Tuesday in Bhondsi jail. He had allegedly killed four people, including his daughter-in-law, on August 23 late night in Sector 105 of Rajendra Park, suspecting an illicit relationship with the tenant, said police.
The deceased, identified as Rao Rai Singh (59), was lodged in Bhondsi jail since August 25. His wife was also in the same jail. On Monday, Singh was mostly quiet and had made a call, police said.
His body has been sent for post-mortem and his son has been informed. A board of doctors will conduct the post-mortem on Tuesday afternoon, said police.
Harinder Singh, jail superintendent, said the retired Army subedar was found dead early Tuesday morning in his barrack. “We have not found any suicide note in his possession,” he said.
The jail superintendent said they informed the senior authorities and a team of judges visited the jail to conduct an inquiry.
Jail officials said they received the information after the warden started the head count and he was found missing. When they went to check inside the barrack , he was found hanging,
On August 23, he had allegedly hacked three members of his tenant’s family and his own daughter-in-law to death. He was apparently enraged over the alleged illicit relationship between his daughter-in-law, Sunita (32), and tenant, Krishan Tiwari (42).
One minor girl survived the murderous spree. Her account has become critical to the police’s reconstruction of what happened in the building, owned by the suspect, between 2 am and 5 am on Tuesday.
Rao Rai Singh also known as ‘Tree Man’, retired from Army, was running his real estate business in Rajendra Park. He lived in a three-storey building and lived with his wife, son, and daughter-in-law. He was also the vice-president of the resident welfare association (RWA).
The accused had surrendered himself before the Rajendra Park police station around 6 am on August 23 and confessed to the killing of four people, said police.
Police said the son, Anand Yadav is a practicing lawyer in the Gurugram court.
The deceased were identified as Sunita Yadav, Krishan Tiwari, Anamika Tiwari, and a minor girl, said police. Relatives of the deceased have been informed and the bodies have been sent for post-mortem, said police.
Preet Pal Sangwan, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime), said that during preliminary investigation it was revealed that the suspect murdered his daughter-in-law as he suspected that she had an illicit relationship with the tenant. “First he murdered his daughter-in-law who was sleeping on the first floor and then went on the second floor and killed three family members with a sharp weapon. A minor daughter of the tenant who was also attacked, but she has survived,” he said.