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Businessman bludgeoned to death in presence of wife

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2 men attacked him in his bedroom at 4 a.m.

A Cruel end: Sonu Sachdeva. — Photo: Special Arrangement
A Cruel end: Sonu Sachdeva. — Photo: Special Arrangement

A 43-year-old businessman was bludgeoned to death by two unidentified assailants in the presence of his wife in his second floor house in Moti Nagar here in the early hours of Wednesday.

Sonu Sachdeva was attacked by two persons, whose faces were covered, with heavy objects around 4 a.m. in his bedroom. The assailants tied up his wife Aarti, 35, who woke up hearing her husband's screams. She soon lost consciousness.

When Aarti regained consciousness about 30 minutes later, she found her husband lying in a pool of blood and the house ransacked. She then crawled to the balcony and shouted for help. Some neighbours untied her and took Sonu to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The couple's four-year-old daughter was sleeping in another room at the time of the incident.

The police said the motive behind the murder was not clear.

“Aarti told us she found two men hitting Sonu on the head repeatedly with heavy objects when she woke up on hearing the screams early in the morning. Sonu was pleading with them to spare his life and take away all cash and the gold. When she intervened, the assailants tied her up and she then passed out. The house is ransacked, but she does not know as to what all is missing, besides a mobile phone. The bolt on the main door is not broken and the entry seems friendly,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (West) Renganathan.

Neighbour Piyush Murjani said: “It was around 5 a.m. when we were suddenly woken up by the loud thud of plastic objects hitting the ground. We came out to see Aarti auntie throwing objects from her balcony to catch the attention of neighbours, and her hands and legs were tied up. She told us her husband was murdered. The couple had shifted to the present house a few months ago.”

Sources said the police were probing all angles including robbery, rivalry and involvement of persons with mental instability. “The probe is wide open and the case is being looked into from all angles. Nobody has been given clean chit so far,” said a senior police officer, not willing to be identified.

Sonu ran a snacks shop. The couple was married for over a decade. Their 11-year-old son died a few months ago due to illness.

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