A murder case with virtually no witnesses and allegedly perpetrated four years ago was solved when the Delhi police stumbled upon a gang of three interstate burglars, police said on Saturday.
Bijender, 25, Birpal, 35, and Shripal, 65, all residents of Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal district, were arrested from south Delhi's Green Park market minutes before they planned to execute a burglary in the area on Friday, said Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south).
"Their apprehension revealed their involvement in the murder of a 75-year-old woman who was killed four years ago at her residence in south Delhi's Greater Kailash part II during a robbery bid," DCP Sharma said.
In addition to admitting to their involvement in several cases of burglaries across Delhi, the trio, police claimed, also admitted to having killed one Hanslata Maheshwari.
Maheshwari was found murdered at the ground floor of her house while her son and daughter-in-law had gone to watch an IPL match in June 2008.
"During interrogation, it was revealed that the group is headed by Bittoo, Ram Parkash and Inderpal of Chandosi in UP. The trio also have separate sub-groups and each sub-group consists of 8 to 10 gang members,” said DCP Sharma.
Police said these burglars were used to travelling to the Capital in groups to commit burglaries in posh flats and kothis before going back to their villages.
During interrogation, police said, the trio disclosed that in 2008, Bijender, Birpal and Roshan were residing at a rented house in Munirka Village. On June 1, they were roaming on two bicycles in the GK area to select a target when they spotted a lock on the main gate of Maheshwari's residence.
"They initially did not enter since a guard was posted in the nearby house. They went to Masjid Moth area and consumed liquor and then made their way back to the house,” said the DCP.
The trio scaled the boundary wall of the house and entered the house after picking the lock on its main gate but were taken aback when they found the senior citizen present at home.
"When she resisted, they tied her hands, legs and mouth and killed her before fleeing with her jewellery," the DCP said.