An assassin kills the singer, three of his relatives over Rs 60,000, insults

MEERUT: Police found on Wednesday the charred body of a 14-year-old boy from the city, 40 km west of UP, where his father, a singer of 'bhajan', mother and older sister were killed a day ago.

The defendant, Himanshu Saini, assistant to singer 'bhajan' Ajay Pathak (45), was arrested by Haryana police. According to Panipat police, Saini was arrested while trying to flee after setting fire to Pathak's SUV that had the body of his son, Bhagwad. The police have sent the charred body for a forensic and post mortem examination.

It all happened one day after Ajay, his wife Sneha Pathak (42) and daughter Vasundhra Pathak (16) were killed with a sharp weapon in their Shamli house. Police said that during the interrogation, Himanshu confessed to killing the entire family for not returning 60,000 rupees owed him. Himanshu alleged that Ajay insulted him every time he asked for his money.

The defendant confessed to killing the family with one of the many swords that were kept in his house. Shamli SP Vineet Jaiswal said: Himanshu had dinner with the family on Monday and decided to kill them after Ajay allegedly humiliated him.

After dinner, while the family slept, he first went to Ajay's room and attacked him and his wife Sneha with a sword. Then he went to Vasundhra's room and killed her. Then he strangled Bhagwad for 14 years. said SP Jaiswal. Police said Himanshu planned to get rid of all the bodies. First he brought Bhagwad's body to Panipat. But, when he learned that the news of the murders had spread, he set the car on fire, Jaiswal said.