A love triangle, an insatiable greed for money, and a possible sex racket merged to make a compelling motive in the murder of two women, whose mutilated corpses were found in south Delhi’s Munirka last month.
Delhi police said on Saturday they arrested a Nepalese man and a woman from Meghalaya for the gruesome murders and cracked the mystery of the corpses found within 100 metres of each other on November 18 and November 25.
After their arrest on Friday night, police said Mini Sangam aka Neha of the northeastern state, and her associate, Jeevan, revealed the plot they have been party to with main suspect Arjun and another accomplice, Govind.
The murder weapon, a khukri machete, was found at Neha’s flat.
Arjun and Govind are on the run, probably escaped to their native Nepal through the porous border in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Neha and the deceased, Sushma aka Sonam from Assam and Nayesha from Nepal, were freelance spa therapists, and knew each other. Arjun, Neha’s live-in partner, and the other two men scouted for clients for the three women.
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.
“The three men killed Sonam on the night of November 16 at Arjun’s flat, chopped off her head, and dumped the torso in a nearby sewer. They killed Nayesha the next night because she would have informed police about her missing roommate,” said RP Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police (southeastern range).
Neha told investigators that she was living happily with Arjun and his two children from his first wife till Sonam joined them in the business around a year ago. Arjun provided Sonam a roof in Munirka and she kept her earnings worth around Rs 4 lakh with him for safe custody.
About six months ago, Nayesha became Sonam’s flat-mate and business partner. Arjun became the custodian of her earnings as well.
But trouble began in September-October when Sonam and Nayesha asked Arjun to return their money.
Arjun was aware of Sonam’s feelings for him, and secretly married her at a south Delhi temple a day after Karwa Chauth. This was a ploy to stop the woman from asking for her money.
But Nayesha saw through Arjun’s tricks and asked him to marry Sonam in the court.
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.
Nayesha’s body was found stuffed in a bag near Gang Nath temple, about 75 meters from the flat where she lived with Sonam. A week later, Sonam’s headless body was pulled out of a sewer of the building barely 50 meters from the flat.
A former boyfriend identified Sonam’s body from a tattoo, while a friend recognised Nayesha.
The bodies were mutilated in such as way that these would give rise to suspicions of a serial killer on the loose. Police are probing if the accused belonged to any international human trafficking racket that brought young women from Nepal and the northeastern states to Delhi.