The police have arrested the son-in-law of the 58-year-old woman who was battered to death with a grindstone in Kalkaji, south Delhi, last week. The accused, Arun Lal, had also killed her daughter.
The police said the accused was under severe debt and killed the mother and the daughter for Rs 6 lakh. The family had received the amount after selling a plot of land in Uttam Nagar recently. He broke down when the police grilled him. He was the last person to be seen at the house and the police suspected the hand of a known person in the murder case.
Asha was a patient of epilepsy. She suffered an attack on the day of the murder as well.
On the fateful day, Asha had gone missing from the house and her daughter, Alka, called Arun, her brother-in-law, to help locate her mother. They found Asha at a Sai Baba temple in Sangam Vihar. They returned together to their Kalkaji house.
In the evening, when Alka went out to buy milk, run killed Asha, said the police. “Finding it an opportune moment, Arun hit his mother-in-law on the head with a grindstone eight times, till she died. He then took out the cash from under the bed. While leaving, he met Alka on the staircase,” said HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (south).
Arun told Alka that her mother had sustained head injuries after she fell down and she was lying in the drawing room. “When Alka went inside she insisted on calling her brother Gopal. The accused hit her as well four times on the head with the same grindstone,” said a senior police officer.
Arun hid the grindstone in the house and left with the cash. He went back to his house, kept the money in the locker of his almirah and then left for his sister’s house at Sangam Vihar. At around 8.30 pm, a neighbour went to call Alka and found her in a pool of blood.
Arun had married Asha’s elder daughter, Sunita, in 2001 and they have two daughters. Arun worked as a small-time moneylender in Kalkaji. He was not doing well in his business. The police also claimed to have recovered Rs 5.70 lakh from the house of the accused.