A former Metro employee sacked from his job after a tiff with his senior was arrested on Wednesday with his friend in connection with the Rs 12 lakh robbery and stabbing at the Rajendra Place station two days ago.
Pawan Kumar, a token counter operator at the same station till December 2015, had a fight with station controller Kunal Kishore over changing his duty shift and wanted revenge.
Kumar and his friend Sonu Kumar allegedly stabbed Kishore and snatched Rs 12 lakh collected from token sales on Monday morning.
The two were tracked down with the help of their Metro cards. They had first used the cards three days before the crime at Kaushambi and Karol Bagh. Footage from the stations helped identify them, said police.
The police recovered Rs 10.55 lakh cash, a mobile bought with part of the robbed money and the knife they used to stab the station controller.
Police said Kumar had hidden the knife inside his socks knowing well that the CISF staff generally searched only the upper portion of passengers. The CISF will have to explain why the knife went undetected.
Kumar, after losing his job, opened a mobile phone shop in Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad where he lived on rent.
Revenge was always in his mind but he added the robbery bit as he needed money to pay loans his father had taken during his sister’s wedding in 2014.
“Kumar discussed his plan with Sonu Kumar, an unemployed youth who often visited his shop. Since Sonu needed money, he agreed,” said Mukesh Kumar Meena, joint CP (New Delhi district, Railways and Metro).
Working at the station since 2013, Kumar knew the layout and was aware of loopholes in the security.
Kumar knew that every Monday the station controller had a huge amount of cash collected from token sales, investigators said.
“He knew the money is kept in a safe at the controller’s office where there is no CCTV camera and that the controller sleeps in the morning,” said an officer.
On Monday, Kumar and Sonu arrived in an auto from Anand Vihar. CCTV footage showed them wearing surgical masks and entering the station at 5.15am, 45 minutes before services on the Dwarka-Noida route began.
They went through the security, entered the paid area and headed towards platform number 2.
A police officer said they knocked on the door of the controller, saying they wanted to lodge a complaint. “Suddenly, they barged in, stabbed him with a kitchen knife and fled with Rs 12 lakh,” he added.
The duo left Kishore bleeding on the floor. The men jumped the barrier at the exit gate, police said.
The CISF men ran after them but they escaped. They did not check if anything was wrong on the platforms, police said.
The crime came to light around 6am when Kishore’s colleague came to replace him.