Two days after he went missing from his home in Greater Kailash III, the decomposed body of 56-year-old builder Vinod Kumar Gupta was recovered on Monday morning from a plot he owned in Noida’s sector 92. Two people have been arrested so far in this connection.
Gupta who, police sources say, left his H block house in his golden Toyota Corolla car on the pretext of striking “a mysterious deal” on Friday evening, was allegedly murdered by two of his ex-employees, Sonu and Deepak.
They stole his gold jewellery and Rs 16,000. Police say the real motive could have been the Rs 4-5 lakh that Gupta used to always carry with him.
On Friday, Gupta, however, wasn’t carrying that much cash.
His car was found abandoned at Pari Chowk in Greater Noida on Saturday morning. But it was only after Gupta’s call records were examined that the police zeroed in on Deepak and set up surveillance to track him.
“Gupta’s alleged killers got to know him while looking for work in the several projects he executed in and around Delhi,” said Ajay Chaudhary, additional commissioner of police (southeast).
He said Gupta had been lured to the murder spot by the alleged killers with “an attractive” bait, but refused to divulge further details.
According to police, Sonu, the son of a Central Industrial Security Force officer previously posted in Delhi and understood to be close to Gupta, hatched the plan. He then pulled in his friend Deepak, who in turn brought in Dilip, the third accomplice who is absconding.