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Srikant murder: two held, murder motive still unclear

delhi Updated: Aug 11, 2011 00:20 IST
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The Delhi police on Wednesday arrested two of the four accused of abduction and murder of Srikant Singh, 26, who worked with a private insurance firm.

The police claim to have cracked the case, but the motive of the murder is not yet clear, as the main accused Sanjay Bhattacharya, who was also a friend of the victim, is still absconding. All the accused are natives of Ranchi.

Bhattacharya had earlier been detained for questioning, but was let off due to lack of evidence. Singh had gone missing on July 29. The next day his headless body was recovered from a roadside in Rewari district of Haryana. Local police cremated the body 72 hours later. No samples were sent for DNA testing. The family later identified the torso from photographs.

“We have arrested Manish Kumar who works as a salesman at a mall in south Delhi and apprehended a juvenile,” said Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south).

On July 29, Singh had gone to Bhattacharya’s house in Greater Noida in his i-10 car, where the accused first offered him a drink laced with sedatives and then strangled him.

“After that they cut his neck,” added Sharma.

“They packed the head and torso separately and dumped the body parts and other belongings on the way to Rewari. We have recovered a few items, but the head and car are yet to be recovered,” Sharma said. The police said, the killers had sold the car to one Sonu, and had planned to distribute the money among themselves.

The police theory on the murder motive is, however, weak. The police said, the juvenile needed money to buy a computer. Bhattacharya and Kumar also needed money and so hatched a conspiracy to kill Singh and sell his car to raise money. But, the car was reportedly sold only for Rs 50,000, which belies the police theory.