Subhash Chander, a suburban Chicago man, allegedly killed his pregnant daughter (22-year-old Monika Rani), her husband (36-year-old Rajesh Kumar) and their three year old child (Vansh) because the son-in-law failed to ask permission for the marriage. After the killings, Chandler allegedly set his apartment on fire using gasoline as a primer. Subhash Chander, 57, of Oak Forest, Illinois, is being held without bond on three counts of first-degree murder, one count of intentional homicide of an unborn child (his daughter was 5 months pregnant) and one count of aggravated arson.
So why did Subhash go off the deep end? Chander is a native of India who according to prosecutors, disliked his son-in-law because he belonged to a lower caste. His son in law's failure to get parental consent for the marriage was the last straw under the theory of the prosecution.
Cook County First Assistant State's Attorney Robert Milan will apparently be the lead prosecutor. But the case might not be so easy. Chander's sister, Kamla Devi, told WBBM-AM that her brother is innocent. She claims that relatives approved of the marriage and that the caste system was not an issue. "There was no family problem. There was nothing going on. Absolutely nothing," Devi said.What was the cause of death? The Cook County medical examiner's office opines that the victims died of carbon-monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.
What did Chander say? He allegedly told police the gasoline spilled during "a pushing match" with his son-in-law. Chander also allegedly told police that he ignited the gas with a lighter because he was angry.
Why did the victims not flee? Prosecutors speculate that the victims may have been asleep. All other residents of the apartment building were able to escape. The fire gutted the 36-unit Le Claire Station Apartments.
Simple Arsonist, Murderer or Innocent? Regardless, if the allegations are true, definitely someone in need of Anger Management Training.
Any suspect is to be considered innocent unless other wise proved guilty by a court of law!