The Delhi Police on Saturday said the three accused in the Wazirpur 'honour' killings case had confessed to planning and carrying out the cold-blooded murders in northwest Delhi's Ashok Vihar area.
"But we are also probing the role of the village elders, including the relatives of the three accused, in the case," said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
The police said they were also attempting to trace how Ankit Khari (22), Mandeep Nagar (23) and Nakul Khari (21) had come in contact with the person who provided them the weapon used in the killings.
A Delhi court on Saturday gave the Delhi Police five days to interrogate the three who allegedly murdered Ankit's sister Monica (24) and her husband Kuldeep (26) and Mandeep's sister Shubha (19).
“The accused are remanded in police custody till June 2. The police is also directed to get the three medically examined before producing them in court on the next date of hearing,” said metropolitan magistrate Satish Kumar.
The Delhi Police quizzed the accused inside the court for half-an-hour before seeking their custody for 10 days.
“It seems that there was a deep-rooted conspiracy to eliminate the victims. The accused possibly carried out the murders on instructions of others. The names, if any of the instigators or the conspirators, have to be ascertained,” said the public prosecutor.
The court also rejected the defence counsel Gajraj Singh’s arguments opposing the plea for custodial interrogation of the three accused.
He said the weapon of offence, source of the alleged firearms and other incriminating materials such as clothes of the accused are yet to be recovered and for that purpose the police will have to take them to Dehradun and Rishikesh.
The Uttar Pradesh Police had said the accused had claimed to have thrown the weapon in the Upper Ganges Canal.
The accused were arrested by the Ghaziabad Police on June 24 and were lodged at the Dasna jail.