The crime branch on Friday nabbed a fifth suspect who they allege was involved in the murder of trader Bajrang Lal Bokadia and three of his employees, whose bodies were recovered from a bungalow in east Delhi's Vivek Vihar on Monday.
Police, who had arrested Mona Duggal - the estranged wife of Bokadia's nephew - and three others earlier, picked up Balwan, an uncle of Duggal, on Friday after his name cropped up during questioning of the other accused.
His name surfaced in the case following the interrogation of Mona's brother Harjeet, uncle Rajiv and Harjeet's friend Sanjay. Investigators said Mona had kept Balwan's involvement under wraps because she had great sympathy for him because of his poor health and the fact that he was suffering from tuberculosis.
Police have recovered 51 bangles, 31 necklaces, nine chains, 20 rings, four tops, four bracelets, seven nose pins, three pairs ear pendants, three lockets, three saree pins, three Mangal sutra, 10 wrists watches and 83 silver like coins from the possession of the arrested accused.
Ravindra Yadav, additional CP (crime and railways), said Mona did not disclose Balwan's name because she did not want to see all her uncles in jail.
"Mona's eldest uncle is already lodged in Dasna jail in a murder case and she knew that Rajiv will be arrested as she had revealed his name in the gruesome murders for dacoity at Bokadia's house. Balwan's wife had abandoned him and filed a dowry case against him. Mona did not disclose his name as she was concerned about his old mother and the minor son," said Yadav.
The police said Sanjay involved himself in the crime because he was debt-ridden and he wanted to make quick money to pay his loans.
"Both Sanjay and Harjeet are cab drivers. On August 8, Sanjay was driving a Maruti van on Taj Expressway when his vehicle turned turtle. His employer asked him to pay Rs. 40,000 for repairing the damaged. vehicle Since all of them were in dire need of money, they planned the dacoity," added Yadav.