The body of a 52-year-old RAW official was on Saturday found hanging in his official residence in South Delhi's Sadiq Nagar area while his wife and two children, bearing blunt injury marks were found dead in separate rooms of the house.
Ananya Chakravarty (52), who was an inspector in Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and was posted as a field officer in the Cabinet Secretariat, was found hanging from a fan while the bodies of his wife Jaishri, son Arnab (17) and daughter Disha (12) bearing blunt injury marks were found in the house which was bolted from inside, police said.
The family, which lived on the second floor of the Type 3 government quarter in Sector IV of Sadiq Nagar area, was last seen on Friday.
"The incident came to light when their maid reached their residence at around 3:30 PM and the door was not opened even after she rang the bell several times. She went down and called the guard whose calls too went unanswered. He then informed the neighbours following which the police was informed," a police official said.
Police got a call around 3:47 pm following which a team was rushed to the spot.
"The police team broke open the door and found Chakravarty hanging from a ceiling fan in the drawing room. Bodies of Jaishri and Disha were found in an adjacent bedroom while Arnab's body was found in another room. There were blood stains all over the house and the bodies bore blunt injury marks," the official said.
Police said that the incident might have taken place on Friday evening but that could be ascertained only after a post-mortem report which would reveal the time and cause of death.
Investigators have recovered a blood stained hammer from the house which they suspect was used to kill Jaishri and the two children.
No suicide note has been found in the house. There was no sign of a forced entry in the house, it was closed from inside, police said.
"Prima facie it seems that Chakravarty first killed his family and then committed suicide. We are investigating the case and the exact cause is yet to be ascertained," police said.
Chakravarty hailed from West Bengal and had been living in the house since the last couple of years. His wife Jaisri was a teacher in a government school, Arnab was a student of class 11 while Disha studied in class 7.
The bodies were moved to AIIMS for post-mortem. Police have questioned the maid, the guard and the neighbours in this connection.