OlaCabs CEO Bhavish Aggarwal’s Grandmother and Aunt Murdered
In a truly unfortunate and tragic incident, OlaCabs CEO Bhavish Aggarwal’s paternal grandmother and aunt were brutally murdered on Jan 29th in the Sher-e-Punjab colony of Ludhiana, according to reports by a leading English daily. The incident has sparked controversy as well, with the family’s domestic help, Puja, being held in custody by police. Puja has claimed that she was beaten badly while in custody.
The police believe that the murder took place at around 1:30 in the afternoon, but a call was reportedly made to the police control rom from Puja’s cellphone at 12:43, around 45 minutes before the incident took place. Puja was detained by the police on Jan 31st, 2016, 2 days after the murder. She was, however, allowed to leave police custody following pressure from her family and from the migrant community to which she belongs. According to these protesters, Puja was mistreated and beaten badly by the police. They went as far as to block Ferozepur Road, and also asked other members of the community who work as household help to boycott work for a week.
Bhavish Aggarwal’s father, N.K. Aggarwal, expressed his displeasure at the police’s decision, stating that they should not have let Puja go without finding out the reason and details behind the call made to the control room. He met Ludhiana police commissioner Paramraj Umaranangal Umranangal and deputy commissioner of police Narindra Bhargav on Wednesday, and a short investigation took place. The police have said that they are monitoring Puja closely.
The relatives of the OlaCabs CEO and the victims of this incident, grandmother Pushpawati Aggarwal, 84, and aunt Dr. Sarita Aggarwal, 57, a gynaecologist, had multiple injuries on their head, throat arms and legs. Information from autopsy reports suggest the use of a hammer, but nothing has been confirmed.
Puja, the household help, reported the murder to the police at 2:15, 45 mins after the incident is supposed to have occurred, and 90 mins after the first call that was made from her phone to the control room. Police initially suspected a case of robbery, considering other domestic help in the area as suspects, but their vision soon shifted to the two drivers that had worked for the family for a long time, but had quit recently. The police suspect that there may be some sort of foul play or an old enemy of the family might be behind this, but they are not sure of any of this yet.