A day after a businessman management student and his friend were arrested for allegedly abducting, drugging and murdering a 19-year-old boy, two more youths, including another classmate of the victim, have been arrested. Police said extorting ransom from the victim's family was the prime motive behind the crime.
The two were identified as Manesh Kumar, 22, and Dhurvesh Goswami, 19. They were arrested from their houses at Sad Nagar in Palam area. Kumar is pursuing a diploma course from a private institute while Goswami is pursuing business management course from Kurukshetra University.
Police said the four accused had hatched the conspiracy 11 days before killing Aashish Garg. The mastermind was Aashish's ex-classmate Rudravesh Tanwar aka Rubal, 20, who was pursuing business management course from Kurukshetra University.
Rubal along with his hostel roommate Sachin Kadyan, 19, were arrested on Thursday afternoon from near Dwarka Sector 11 Metro station, where they had come to collect the R30-lakh ransom they had demanded from Aashish's father.
According to police, Rubal and Sachin slept near Aashish's body the entire night and that it was Kumar, Rubal's elder brother, who was administering sedatives to the victim.
Apart from the six teams comprising 60-odd police personnel, it was Ashok Garg, the victim's father, who helped nab the perpetrators by identifying Rubal's voice when he called to demand ransom.
AK Ojha, DCP (southwest) said Aashish had left his Sunny Valley apartment flat around 10.30am on Wednesday to celebrate his friend Sachin's birthday. This was a trap.
"It was Rubal who posed as Sachin and called Aashish's house. Aashish left on his motorcycle and met the three accused at Janakpuri district centre. They offered him a soft drink laced with sedatives," the DCP said.
"They took the victim to their rented room in Rohini's Naharpur and again offered him a soft drink laced with sedatives. To ensure that he was completely unconsciousness, they inject two dosages of sedatives in his body before strangulating him," the DCP said, adding that Rubal started making ransom calls after killing Aashish. He made seven calls in all to Aashish’s father.
On Friday afternoon, Aashish's body was cremated in the presence of over 200 people.
Aashish's father alleged that the conspiracy was hatched by seven persons, including Rubal's mother, who is a Delhi Police constable, and a girl. "Police arrested only four of them and let others go," he said. The victim's aunt said, "We had arranged sweets in anticipation when the abductors agreed to release Aashish after collecting the ransom amount."