With the arrest of two people, Indore police on Sunday claimed to have cracked the sensational double murder of a bed-ridden man and his wife inside their flat in the posh Apollo DB City apartment.
The arrests were made after going through 40 CCTV footage and visitors entry register, a police officer said.
Shrichand Mittal, 74, and Shanti, 68, were stabbed multiple times and found lying in a pool of blood on November 5.
Accused were identified as Manoj alias Bablu Choudhary, a resident of Beena Nagar in Indore and his aid Dharmendra Rajput, a resident of Barva Khurram in Rajgarh. They were arrested from Arandiya village while they were coming to Indore from Dewas.
‘Easy way to make money was the prime motive behind the double murder’
Easy way to make money was the prime motive behind the double murder, deputy inspector general of police Santosh Kumar Singh told the media.
He said police control room got information about the murder on November 6 between 1 and 2 am. Soon after getting information, Lasudiya police along with a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team rushed to the spot.
During preliminary investigation, the FSL team did not find any evidence of forced entry, but saw dragging marks on Shanti’s body and on the floor. Probably, the accused dragged her before or after the murder.
After going through footages of 40 CCTV cameras and visitors entry register, police noticed that Suresh Choudhary visited Mittal’s flat on November 4 and 5, but gave different mobile numbers at the time of registry. Both the mobile numbers are non-functional, Singh said.
When police closely looked into the number, they found that first five digit of both the numbers are same, but last five digit had similar number and re-arranging all the number, police got “25602”, which matched Choudhary’s mobile number mentioned in his record with police. Notably, Indore Kotwali police on May 5 booked Choudhary in connection with a robbery case.
During interrogation, both the accused confessed to their crime.
Police said Choudhary was familiar with the Mittals as a hospitality and care private company had sent him to their house between August 4-6 as a caretaker.
Choudhary, who befriended Rajput three years back in Shajapur, said they went to Mittal’s flat on November 4, but failed to accomplish their goal after they felt presence of somebody else in the flat.
Next day, they went to Mittal’s flat again, but Rajput withdrew. Then Choudhary alone went to the flat and murdered the couple.
Police recovered two mobile phones, cash and one camera from their possession.
‘Regular security audit at residential townships over next two weeks’
In the aftermath of the Apollo DB City double murder case, Indore police is mulling regular security audits at residential townships to avoid similar crimes in future, and will strengthen vigilance on agencies that provide security staff to residential townships, police said on Sunday.
Addressing mediapersons at police headquarters in Indore, Santosh Kumar Singh, deputy inspector general of police (DIG), said, “We have marked six police stations under which a majority of residential townships are located in the city. Police will conduct audit of security arrangements at all the residential townships in the next two weeks. The department has appointed in-charge officers of the respective police stations as nodal officers.”
Singh said the members of residential townships will be encouraged to create WhatsApp groups that include local police and crime watch, in order to increase people-police engagement.
The police saw loopholes in security arrangements while investigating the Apollo DB City double murder case, Singh said. “The security guard at the main entrance did not bother to question why the same person is providing two different mobile numbers. He hardly cross-checked if the number given by the accused was correct or not, by giving a missed call,” he said.
Singh said that the Hospitality and Care Private Limited Company had hired Manoj Choudhary without verifying his criminal background.
Police will verify the records and background of securtiy personnel deployed by agencies providing security services, he said, urging the residential townships to issue duty slips to whoever enter the premises, only after thorough verification of the details furnished.