The police on Friday arrested Yoginder Singh, 55, in connection with the alleged murder of his co-worker 36 years ago. At the age of 19, Singh allegedly murdered his co-worker while working as a daily wage painter with the Doordarshan. He had gone missing after the incident, police said.
With Singh’s arrest, the west Delhi Police claimed to have cracked the oldest unsolved case in their records.
Singh, a resident of Rewari in Haryana, was arrested from the Delhi Cantonment railway station on Friday.
“He was declared a proclaimed offender by a Delhi court in 1975, a year after he allegedly murdered his co-worker Surjit. The incident occurred in Uttam Nagar, West Delhi,” said V Renganathan, deputy commissioner of police (West).
The police said he allegedly threw the body into a well after the incident.
“Surjit’s body bore several injury marks with his intestines spilling out, proving the brutality of the murder. Three eyewitnesses were traced and they made their statements before the court,” added Renganathan.
Renewed efforts were made recently to arrest Singh after instructions from police headquarters. A team was constituted in this regard, police added. “It was a difficult case. We started the operation afresh and visited Uttam Nagar several times. The accused had sold off his house and absconded. People in the area had no clue about him, added Renganathan.