With the arrest of two people and the recovery of an expensive religious figurine worth Rs 12 lakh, the police have managed to crack a murder and robbery case within nine days. Three others, however, are still at large.
The accused have been identified as Hansraj and Ashish, both in their early 20s. They were arrested from Rohtak district on Tuesday. On November 2, 23-year-old entrepreneur Rajan Kumar was stabbed to death and his father-in-law Suraj Prakash had suffered severe injuries when the accused attacked them in the Sadar Bazar locality.
Superintendent of police (SP) Abhishek Garg said the department’s special teams were conducting raids at various places to arrest the accused. With the help of cyber wing, the police arrested the two of them.
According to Garg, four people had reached Karnal to commit the crime while their fifth accomplice had hatched the conspiracy. Garg didn’t reveal the identity of those absconding as it could “hinder” the investigation process.
The police said Suraj had purchased the figurine of Lord Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha from Rajasthan last year. He wanted to sell it for personal reasons and had advertised on a web portal that he would sell it for Rs 12 lakh. The accused contacted them posing as buyers, the police said.
The SP said the police were investigating to know if the accused had indulged in any unlawful activity in the past.
“On November 2, the accused reached Karnal on two motorbikes to buy the statue. They tied Suraj and Rajan with adhesive tapes and attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. Rajan died on the spot and the accused fled with the figurine,” the SP added. Besides, the police are also collecting details about the idol to ascertain if it had sapphires. The SP said, “Suraj has confirmed that he doesn’t deal with the business of buying or selling expensive idols. He wanted to sell that due to personal reasons. Nothing fishy against him has surfaced so far.”
The police are checking from where Suraj had purchased the figurine. “We will get it examined by experts to ensure that it has nothing to do with stolen heritage items,” said the SP.