The police broke open the house to find decomposed bodies
An elderly couple were found dead under mysterious circumstances in their flat at Chander Vihar in East Delhi on Saturday.
The highly-decomposed bodies of Ramesh Kapoor (75) and his wife Rama (70) were found in the morning when one of their neighbours called up the police complaining of foul smelling emanating from their flat.
“It was on May 25 that they bought milk from my shop for the last time. Nobody saw them since. We noticed foul smell emanating from their flat around 7 a.m. and grew suspicious. We then made a call to the Police Control Room. The police team went inside the flat and found them dead,” said the couple's neighbour Anil Kumar, who runs a general store. The couple did not have any children.
The police have ruled out robbery as a motive. “The house was not ransacked. The rings worn by the deceased were also intact. It is difficult to say whether the bodies had any external injuries as they were decomposed. The cause of death could be ascertained only after the post-mortem report,” said a senior police officer.
Ramesh, a retired government servant, had along with his wife shifted to this present accommodation from Lajpat Nagar a couple of years ago. The elderly woman was physically-challenged. Mr. Kapoor also got injured in an accident in February following which the couple mostly stayed indoors.
Harish Sharma, who runs a mobile phone shop in the area, said: “The two usually kept to themselves and did not interact much with the neighbours. They would come out once in two-three days to buy vegetables and grocery. Mr. Kapoor earlier did some odd jobs and took part in local politics, but the injury had curtailed his movement. For the past few months they were surviving only on the pension.”
Raju Sharma, who runs a “pan” shop, said: “The brother of the elderly woman would visit them once in a couple of months. Mr. Kapoor had stopped subscribing to newspaper for the past two months probably to cut on unnecessary expenditure.”