The Delhi Police have arrested a man who allegedly hired killers to murder his uncle. The accused was the one who had informed police about the crime but during the course of investigation, police found he was the mastermind behind the crime.
On March 11, three intruders armed with knives entered the house of Subhash Chopra (63), a retired MCD official, and gagged him. They then taped his mouth, which led to his death. They had entered the house on the plea for conducting negotiations regarding renting out of a shop.
Chopra's nephew Kuldeep Chopra then lodged an FIR in the case but was later arrested for planning the murder.
Kuldeep used to work for Subhash but he was paying him only Rs5,000 per month and in an effort to earn more money he hired three men to rob Chopra's house, the police said.
The intruders had ransacked the house and had taken away his purse containing cash, documents and mobile phones.
"They had worked out a murder-cum-robbery of a senior citizen of Prashant Vihar in north west Delhi. The deceased person's nephew, the prime mover of the crime, along with his three associates has been apprehended. The robbed articles have been recovered," said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).
The victim was living in the first floor of a house at E-Block Prashant Vihar. He had retired from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and is survived by two sons, one is a doctor and other lives in Bangalore. He ran two schools and had other properties. The accused were arrested from Mukarba Chowk on the basis of specific inputs. They are identified as Sachin, Jitender and Satpal.
Kuldeep hails from Sonepat and had been employed by his uncle for helping him in his liaisoning work in MCD but he was not paid sufficient salary.
"Due to financial problems he had to mortgage the papers of his father's house with his uncle for which he received Rs2 lakh," Chand added, saying, "Kuldeep was under the impression that his uncle kept a large amount of money in his house."