LAHORE - A 28-year-old man, his wife, and two children were found murdered at their small house in Satu Katla police precincts yesterday.

A police investigator said the children and their mother were found strangled while the man was killed with a sharp-edged weapon.

“There was a severe cut on the wrist of the man which suggests that he committed suicide after killing his wife and children,” the investigators said. “It is, however, too early to jump to the conclusion. May be, someone stabbed the victim to mislead the police,” he said.

The victims were identified by police as Abdul Malik, 28, his wife Asiya Bibi, 25, son Muhammad Asif, 5, and three-year-old daughter Maryam. The bodies were found from the third floor of the three-storey apartment located in the low-income Rasool Pura neighbourhood.

A young relative of the victims, who lives in the ground portion, made hue and cry as she watched the bodies when she visited her maternal uncle’s house in the morning. Malik was a security guard at a plaza in Johar Town, police said.

All the victims were lying dead in their bedroom as police entered the house. “All the victims were tied with a rope and their bodies bore torture marks,” a cop said on anonymity. “There is a possibility that the victims were served intoxicated food before the killing.”

Police believed that more than two persons were involved the killings. According to sources, the police also detained a close relative of the victims but a police officer did not confirm any arrest.

Police investigators and forensic experts reached the spot soon after the bodies were discovered. They were seen collecting evidences from the crime scene.

Capital City Police Officer Muhammad Amin Wains, SSP (Investigations) Hassan Mushtaq Sukhera, and SP CIA also visited the house. The city police chief told reporters that a special police team was tasked to investigate the brutal killings. “We are working on this tragic case and investigation is underway, keeping in view different aspects of the happening,” Amin Wains said. “Anything at this stage could be premature.”

The officer further said that the investigations would be completed within a short span of time and the culprits must be brought to justice.

The Satu Katla police registered a case against unidentified killers on the complaint of father of Abdul Malik. No arrest was made till late yesterday night.

The horrific killings triggered fear and panic among the locals as dozens of people gathered outside the victim’s house yesterday morning. Some women were seen in tears as rescuers removed the bodies to the morgue on ambulances.

“We don’t know what has happened here. It’s terrible. They were very nice people. I don’t know why they were killed so mercilessly,” said Sohail Ahmed, a resident of the area.

Killings over domestic issues are common in the Punjab province where more than 3000 persons have been murdered this year so far. In Feb 2014, at least eight persons of a same family were found murdered at their house in Johar Town. Two brothers, their wives, and children were found slaughtered in a house in E-block of Johar Town. Later, it was established that a man of the same family had killed his brothers, their wives, and children before committing suicide.

RICKSHAW DRIVER SHOT DEAD

Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a 22-year-old rickshaw driver on the Kasur-Raiwind road in Raiwind police precincts yesterday. The body was moved to the morgue for an autopsy.

The victim was identified as Muhammad Ashfaq. According to police, unknown motorcyclists shot killed the auto driver and fled instantly. The police filed a murder case against unidentified killers with no arrest made yet. Further investigation was underway.