The police verified that they came to the conclusion based on the post-mortem reports of both the deceased Kumar Yashkar and his wife Archana. They closed the case saying that Yash had strangulated his wife and set himself ablaze. The postmortem report also validated this claim with Yashkar dying of burning and suffocation and Archana due to strangulation. They also ruled out any foul play in both deaths.
According to the police, Yashkar strangled his wife with her chunni (dupatta), later burning himself. The time of death is believed to be “between 6 am and 8 am”.
Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat has been quoted as saying, “Things became clear after the post-mortem reports. We had initially registered a case of murder, but since it is clear that there is no foul play, a report will be sent to the court saying that the case is abated.” [Read: Mystery surrounds death of Defence official, wife]
The reason for the murder-suicide is understood to be the couple’s financial crisis. Archana’s family has been quoted as saying to reporters earlier that Yashkar was under financial pressure and that he depended on Archana’s earning as a dance teacher.
Jitendra Sharma, Archana’s brother said, “It was a mistake to have given off my sister in marriage to such a man. We never imagined that a person of such stature would do something like this.”
Police said financial crisis in the family led to the murder-suicide.
Earlier, Archana’s family told reporters that Yashkar was under financial pressure and depended on her earnings as a dance teacher.“It was a mistake to have given off my sister in marriage to such a man. We never imagined that a person of such stature would do something like this,” said Jitendra Sharma, Archana’s brother.