Three members of an inter-state gang have been arrested in connection with the November 14 murder of a Sector-35 resident Neelam Saini (73).
The accused, arrested from the railway station, Chandigarh, on Tuesday, have been identified as Ram Sunder Yadav (25) (initially identified as Sunil in the police investigation), Davinder Yadav, alias Rahul Mukhiya, (26) and Roshan (19), all residents of Madhubani district in Bihar.
A joint operation of the crime branch and the Sector-36 police station was launched to arrest the accused.
On the modus operandi, SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said the trio spent some time identifying senior citizens or persons staying alone whom they could target. He added investigations had revealed that Ram Sunder Yadav (alias Sunil) was hired by Neelam Saini through an agency — Jay Maria Enterprises, Sector F-29, II floor, Sudarshan Nagar, New Delhi.
Servant gave fake particulars
When the police went about verifying the bona fides of Sunil, it was found that he had approached the above said New Delhi-based agency after producing a fake identity. After this, intelligence inputs were gathered and technical surveillance was also used to find out the actual identity of the prime suspect, Sunil (now identified as Ram Sunder Yadav).
During interrogation of the other two accused Davinder and Roshan, it has been found that the trio was working for Chander Shekhar Yadav, another resident of Madhubani, Bihar. The SSP added that on the day of the crime, Roshan kept a watch outside Neelam’s residence, while the other two accused Davinder and Ram Sunder Yadav strangulated her.
Claiming that the accused seemed to be hardened criminals, he added that they even tried to mislead the police by submitting a fake voter card in the name of Sunil. However, investigations showed that the same voter card had been stolen from Bihar and had been used by Ram Sunder Yadav to camouflage his identity.
No recovery yet
The police are yet to recover the stolen articles, around Rs 30,000 and artificial jewellery.
The accused are also facing a case of robbery registered against them in Rohini, New Delhi.
Interrogations also revealed that the gang committed a robbery in Saptah (Madhubani) a few months ago, from where besides cash and other stolen items, the accused also stole a voter-ID card of a man named Sunil Safi. The same voter-ID card was tampered with by the accused Davinder Yadav who affixed Ram Sunder Yadav’s picture on it.
Local angle yet to be probed
The SSP added the police were helped in investigations by one Manoj, who runs a shop in Sector 31. However, the police are yet to solve the mystery of what prompted the accused to prey on the Sector-35 resident.
“The role of the placement agency and local residents is being probed,” the SSP said.