Though there are no eyewitness to the murders, several items recovered from the possession of the 21-year-old driver, who allegedly wiped out the Goel family in Ghaziabad on Tuesday, will prove to be strong circumstantial evidence against him, police say.
Seven members of a businessman’s family, including three children, were brutally murdered in Ghaziabad on Tuesday night.
The head of the family, Satish Goel, 65, was to undergo a kidney transplant surgery in a couple of days.
The police arrested the family’s driver Rahul Verma from near old railway station area in Ghaziabad on Wednesday night while he was reportedly trying to escape to Kanpur by train.
The police said they had recovered the stolen gold and silver jewellery, R6,000 cash, blood-stained shoes, a mask (with blood stains on it) and a blood-stained shirt worn by Rahul during the crime. The victims’ relatives have identified the jewellery.
After his arrest, the police re-enacted the entire scene of crime, which was also videographed, in the presence of senior police officials and family relatives.
“Rahul re-enacted the entire sequence of events from the time he entered the terrace of the market complex to the time he left Goel’s residence,” said Bhavesh Kumar Singh, inspector-general (Meerut zone).
The most vital piece of evidence, according to police, is the recovery of blood-stained shoes from his possession. Police claim the print of shoes found in the house matched the one they found with Rahul.
“These shoe-prints match with the shoes recovered from him. A knife was found at the scene of crime. We recovered his blood-stained shirt while he dumped his trousers in a drain. We are sending all these items for forensic and finger-print examination,” Singh added.
The police said the knife found in the house was the murder weapon.
According to Singh, Rahul said he took out water from the refrigerator to clean his hands in the washbasin after the murders. “Rahul knew that the washbasin did not have a water connection, so he used a water bottle from the fridge. He knew exact locations of the keys,” Singh said.
Gopal Mittal, brother of victim Sachin Goel, said, “We are not averse to the police theory. It seems that this man (Rahul) committed the murders, though it is hard to believe that one man can kill seven members of a family.”