Two months ago, the bodies of a woman and her male friend were recovered from two different locations within a distance of one kilometre in outer Delhi’s Kanjhawala.
The Kanjhawala police registered two murder cases and during investigations found that the murdered duo were allegedly in a relationship. They arrested the woman’s husband and his relative after a probe and claimed evidence collected in the case confirmed their involvement. The two were sent to jail and the police rounded off their probe.
On Friday, however, the case took an interesting turn when three men — Jasbir Dabas, Devender alias Babloo and Manjeet — were arrested by a crime branch team.
Jasbir and Devender told police that they, along with two friends Mohit and Vikas, had allegedly gangraped the woman in front of her friend and then murdered both of them to cover up their crime. Both Mohit and Vikas are absconding.
Sources said, Kanjhawala police had arrested the husband and relative of the murdered woman on ‘mere suspicion’. They assumed that the husband could have committed the murders in a fit of rage after getting to know about the extramarital affair of his wife.
The fact that the woman was gangraped before the murder has come to light only after the arrest of the three men on Friday, said police.
A senior police officer said that after committing the murders, the four informed Manjeet.
Instead of informing the police, Manjeet instead helped the Jasbir, Devender, Mohit and Vikas in dragging, transporting and dumping the bodies at two different locations. Later, all of them went underground and Manjeet allegedly provided them safe hideouts in Sonepat and other places in Haryana for over a month. The four later returned to Kanjhawala and learnt that the police had arrested the dead woman’s husband and his relative in the cases.
The men then resumed their normal life and believed that their crime would never be detected and they will not be nabbed. However, their optimism was shattered when the crime branch team arrested Manjeet, who was wanted for his association with gangster Rajesh Bawanai. During Manjeet’s interrogation, he told police about the the gangrape-cum-double murder case.
Manjeet told police about his recent criminal activities and how he harboured four of his associates who had gangraped and later murdered a woman and her friend in Madanpur Dabas village near Kanjahwala on February 18.
“After Manjeet’s disclosure, we picked up Jasbir and Devender to verify his claims. The duo was interrogated and they confessed to gangraping and murdering the woman along with Vikas and Mohit,” said G Ram Gopal Naik, DCP (crime).
Jasbir and Devender, a police officer said, said that on February 18, all four of them, along with Manjeet, were consuming liquor in the field. After Manjeet left, the four spotted a couple arriving on a motorcycle. The couple went towards an isolated place. The four walked towards the couple with an intention to rob them. However, they changed their mind later.
“The four overpowered the couple and then took turns to rape the woman in front of her friend. They then strangled them one by one with the man’s leather belt. Later, the men, with Manjeet’s help, dumped the bodies. They made away with the woman’s mobile phone to make it look like a case of murder for robbery,” the officer said, adding they had recovered the woman’s mobile phone and the man’s belt.
The woman’s body was discovered on February 19 while her friend’s body was found in a drain the next day. Surprisingly, the fact that she was gangraped before the murder could not be established even during her autopsy.
When HT contacted Rishi Pal, the then DCP of the outer district, he said that the husband and his relative were arrested because of circumstantial evidence. “The husband confessed to the crime,” said the DCP.
Asked if the two were still in jail, DCP (outer) MN Tiwari, refused to comment saying the case has already been transferred to the crime branch.
“We will probe why and under what circumstances the husband and his relative was arrested,” said a senior crime branch officer.