A 22-year-old man, who had failed at the business his father helped him set up, and two of his friends have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 62-year-old teacher, Madhu Mehra, at her north Delhi flat, police said on Thursday.
Rahul Prasad Singh, whose third-floor flat in Timarpur’s Delhi Administration Flats was opposite Madhu Mehra’s, choked and then strangled her on October 2 on the mere suspicion that she had cash and expensive jewellery stashed away somewhere in her B-block home.
“He did not study after Class 12, and tried launching a mobile spy gadget with the Rs 3 lakh he got from his father. The venture, however, flopped and he lost all the money,” said Sindhu Pillai, deputy commissioner of police (north).
It was to make good the damage done by the failed venture that Singh planned the robbery.
He chose Mehra, who had become a loner after her husband and son were killed 15 years apart in road crashes, as his victim. He roped in his friends Rahul Gautam, 19, and Nadeem Khan, 24, both residents of Loni in Ghaziabad, for the planned robbery.
Gautam, who was unemployed, and Khan, a rickshaw puller, had agreed to Singh’s plans readily, the police said.
“On the morning of October 2, Singh and his accomplices knocked on her door and said they wanted to offer her some ‘prasad’ from a nearby temple,” Pillai said. Once inside, the police said, the trio overpowered Mehra, a science teacher at Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in adjacent Nehru Vihar, and gagged her when she tried to raise an alarm.
“We zeroed in on Singh after talking to local suspects as his behaviour seemed suspicious. He was held and during questioning, he broke down and confessed,” Pillai added.
A gold chain, Rs 5,500, 20 National Saving Certificates of face value of Rs 10,000 each and two gold bangles were recovered from the accused trio.