Arjun, the prime suspect in the two Munirka murder cases that were solved on Saturday, fled to his hometown in Nepal with Govind, his partner-in-crime, immediately after killing the two women and disposing of their bodies on November 16 and 17.
Arjun’s live-in partner Mini Sangam alias Neha and cook Jeevan were arrested in the case.
The Delhi Police are now mulling over options to secure the extradition of Arjun and Govind from Nepal. They are planning to approach the ministry of external affairs (MEA) through the ministry of home affairs (MHA) to contact their counterparts in Nepal and seek the custody of the two fugitives.
Two freelance spa therapists, Sushma Rai alias Sonam from Assam and Nayesha from Nepal, were murdered by the four on November 16 and 17 nights respectively at Arjun’s flat. They chopped off Sonam’s head and dumped her torso in a sewer on the ground floor of a Munirka building, where Arjun lived on rent a year ago. Her decapitates body was pulled out of the sewer on November 25, a week after Nayesha’s body, stuffed in a bag, was found dumped near Baba Gang Nath temple, some 100 meters away from the sewer.
Investigators said that Arjun left behind Neha and Jeevan to keep a watch on the police action and update him about the progress made in the case. They said that Arjun remained in touch with Neha over phone, using a new SIM card that he procured after reaching Nepal.
Arjun had kept Neha and Jeevan in dark about his plans that he along with Govind will flee to Nepal after the crimes. The two were asked to dispose of the weapons of the offences – a Khukri and knife – but remain present in the locality, every time the police visited the area for probe.
“Arjun was so smart that he secretly asked his aunt to bring back his two children to Neapl. The children were with Neha but even she was not told where they were taken to. Arjun did not want to leave behind his any weakness,” said an investigating officer.
Neha learnt about Arjun’s plans only when she got a call from him from an international number. Arjun, however, convinced her that he will return soon and take her along to Nepal.
Senior police officers said they have evidence to prove that Arjun and Neha were constantly in touch with each other over phone. Neha’s cell phone number was put on surveillance to track down Arjun’s movements, after they established their involvements behind the crimes. Teams were sent to Indo-Nepal border but Arjun and Govind could not be nabbed.
Arjun’s greed and philandering ways, jealousy between Sonam and Neha, and Nayesha’s pressure on the main suspect to return her money led to the double murder. Despite being in a live-in relationship with Neha, Arjun secretly married Sonam at a south Delhi temple, as part of a ploy to stop her from asking for her money.
Sonam was jealous of Neha because of her proximity to Arjun. To taunt Neha, Sonam sent photographs of her wedding with Arjun via WhatsApp. An enraged Neha then asked Arjun to choose between her and Sonam. “Cornered, Arjun decided to teach Sonam and Nayesha a lesson. He included Neha, Govind and Jeevan, their cook, in the conspiracy and together killed the two women,” an officer said.