Prayagraj: Five members of a family, including a two-year-old child, were found murdered this morning at their home in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj district.
The victims of the spine-chilling incident in Khawajpur area include Ram Kumar Yadav (55), his wife Kusum Devi (52), daughter Manisha (25), daughter-in-law Savita (27) and granddaughter Minakshi (2).
Another granddaughter Sakshi (5) has survived, police said. Yadav’s son Sunil (30), who was not at home at the time of the crime, is assisting in the investigation, officials added.
It has also been reported that the house was set on fire after the crime. The incident has sent shock waves among the locals as cases of mass murder have been reported earlier in the district as well.
According to police, the case is being investigated and the district SP had reached the site with a team and forensic experts soon after the incident was reported.
Meanwhile, ADG Prashant Kumar took cognisance of the case and said it os a crime of a very serious nature.
“This incident is of a very serious nature. STF team has been sent to the spot. The motive behind the incident will be revealed after a preliminary investigation,” said Prashant Kumar, ADG, Law & Order, Uttar Pradesh.
This incident is of a very serious nature. STF team has been sent to the spot. The motive behind the incident will be revealed after preliminary investigation: Prashant Kumar, ADG, Law & Order, Uttar Pradesh on five persons of a family killed in Prayagraj pic.twitter.com/i0JKiTPmpu
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As per the locals, all the family members were sleeping in the courtyard due to the weather when they were brutally attacked by some unidentified men.
Locals noticed smoke coming out from the residence and when they rushed to the spot, they found that 5 members were brutally killed.
The police have launched an investigation but have not been able to ascertain the cause behind the murders yet.
Notably, this is not the first time that a brutal mass murder has been reported in Prayagraj. Last week, four members of a family were stabbed to death in the Nawabganj district of the city.
Soon after, another murder of two people was reported by Prayagraj’s Soranv.
The police are still investigating these cases.