Noida police register case of burglary, poisoning

June 8th, 2008 - 8:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Noida, June 8 (IANS) The Noida police registered a case of burglary and poisoning Sunday, a day after a family here was found drugged and a woman died of the overdose of intoxicants, their home was ransacked, and their domestic help went missing. The police registered a case of burglary under section 381 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the domestic servant, who is missing. A case relating to the woman’s death was filed under section 304 - culpable homicide not amounting to murder - and also under section 328 - causing hurt by poisonous substance.

The family of Ajay Maini, a 40-year-old industrialist, was found drugged at their Sector 50 home Saturday morning and their domestic help Akash was missing. Maini’s wife Sandhya, 38, later died in the hospital. She was cremated at the Noida cremation ground Sunday.

The couple’s 19-year-old son Rakshak, Sara, a three-year-old daughter of a relative, and cook Raju, and Ajay Maini himself were rushed to the hospital, where they recovered.

Akash alias Raj Kumar, their Nepali servant, is absconding and police teams have been spread out to nab him.

“Since the family was busy with the cremation, they could not discuss about the articles missing from the house. They have not prepared an inventory of the stolen articles either,” investigation officer Krishna Srivastava said.

“As far as the post-mortem report is concerned, it has been made clear that the entire family was administered intoxicants. The dose for Sandhya was definitely heavy. The viscera has been sent for forensic test to a laboratory in Agra. The substance could be revealed only after the test report is received,” he added.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Noida) R.K. Chaturvedi said prima facie it seemed to be an attempt of robbery. “We have registered the case, sealed the house and are questioning about five suspected persons. There are fair chances of the involvement of other persons along with Akash.”

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