Suspecting the involvement of an insider in the triple murders at Natraj bar in Vidyavihar on Saturday, the Tilak Nagar police are now questioning an employee who left the bar premises at 4am.
The police are trying to establish if the employee, whose name has been withheld owing to ongoing investigation, leaves the bar at the same time on other days.
Initial investigation suggests that the accused was familiar with the sleeping arrangements of the watchman, Bhaskar Dalvi, 54, the waiter, Raja Dakholia, 33, and the sweeper, Vasant Mudira, 30, who were found dead at 8.30am on Saturday.
While Dalvi’s body was found in the compound of the bar, Dakholia and Mudira’s bodies were found in a garage behind the bar.
Additional commissioner of police (east region) Qaiser Khalid said, “We have strong leads that we are pursuing. No one has been arrested yet.”
Further, the Tilak Nagar police and the crime branch suggested the involvement of more than one person.
Besides the unlikely scenario where one person may have killed all three, the difference in the nature of wounds on the three bodies suggests the involvement of more people, said an investigating officer on the condition of anonymity.
“While some cuts are small but deep and hint at the use of a Khukri-type knife, others are not as deep. It is unlikely that one person would use different knives,” he added.
While the police believe that Dalvi, a Bhandup resident, and Dakholia, a Kalyan resident, were asleep when they were killed, they suspect Mudira tried fighting back.
“We suspect that after getting rid of Dalvi, they headed to the garage where Dakholia and Mudira were murdered,” the officer said.
BB Rathod, senior inspector, said that at 1.30am a team from the local police had gone to the bar to check if it had shut down, and had found that the staff was in the process of winding up work.
Closed-circuit television cameras have also failed to give the police clues on the murderers as they are switched off after the bar shuts down. “We are going through CCTV footages to see if anything happened at the bar earlier in the day,” said an officer.
Police has also asked for CCTV footage of the road leading to the bar and footage of the Vidyavihar railway station as sniffer dogs that were brought to the crime scene led officers to platform number 2 of Vidyavihar railway station.
“We have started recording statements of employees and are checking their mobile records track their locations when the incident took place,” said an officer.