Talking to newspersons here today, Police Commissioner Shankar Bidiri said the 40-year-old Dharam Singh Yadav committed the heinous crime to marry another girl. The Commissioner said police kept a vigil on the movements of Dharam Singh, who married 17 years ago, and had hatched a plan to eliminate his daughter Keerthi (14), son Aditya Subash (11) and wife Anu Yadav (32). The triple murder reported from Vidyaranyapuram on October 19, had sent shockwave in the city.
''This man served in IAF for 20 years and retired as Sergeant. He owned a house in Vidyaranyapuram extension in the city and settled there after retirement. After committing the crime, Yadav complained to the police that somebody had murdered his family members for monetary gains,'' Mr Bidiri said.
However, police suspected the officer, as there were no other leads. Their suspicion was based on the person not expressing any grief or agony on the day of the murder.
''The post mortem report said the killing had taken place during the early hours of the day, while the accused had told the police that it took place after 0700 hrs when he had gone to the railway station to book a ticket to Haryana. Then we questioned him once he finished the last rites and he confessed to have committed the crime,'' he added.
The officer had done the heinous crime after he found a city-based teacher, and daughter of an affluent parents. He had come to know her through a marriage counselling portal and hatched the brutal plan, Mr Bidiri said.
The accused had told the teacher that he was unmarried. Yadav hails from Haryana and had settled in the city, he added.