Nearly a month after an Udipi restaurant manager was killed in Pant Nagar, the accused, a 24-year-old waiter, was nabbed in Punjab on Thursday.
The waiter, Parmesh Gupta, alias Guddu, who was on the run so far, had managed to evade arrest so far by changing around seven SIM cards, so that police would find it difficult to trace him. However, the fact that he retained his handset gave him away.
"Gupta kept changing his SIM card, but he used the same mobile phone and that helped us track him down," said an officer from the Pant Nagar police.
Gupta has another murder case registered against him at Uttar Pradesh, where he hails from, the officer said, adding that he allegedly killed someone there seven years ago.
The police team from Punjab is currently on its way to Mumbai, with Gupta, who will formally be arrested here. SM Suryavanshi, senior inspector, Pant Nagar police station, said that the accused would be arrested on the charge of murder.
The motive for the murder is as yet unknown, and police will try to ascertain it while interrogating him. Gupta's coworkers at the restaurant told the police that the accused was angry with the manager as he refused to pay him his salary in advance.
The police said that he wanted the money to visit his native place and was angered when Pujari refused to pay him.