The double murder of 84-year-old Pushpawati and daughter-in-law Sarita Aggarwal, who were the grandmother and aunt of Ola Cab CEO Bhavish Aggarwal, has been solved with the arrest of their 24-year-old former driver, who killed the two for Rs 5,000.
The police arrested Sukhpal Singh of Phallewal village from Barewal Chowk on Friday and recovered Sarita’s purse from him. The police claimed that he had confessed to the crime.
Sukhpal, a matriculate, had left the job with the family around three months ago as he wanted to go to Dubai for another job. He contacted a travel agent, who duped him of money and fled. Meanwhile, he wanted to marry, so he demanded Rs 5,000 from Sarita.
Commissioner of police Paramraj Singh Umranangal said Sukhpal was visiting the house of Dr Rakesh Aggarwal at Sher-e-Punjab Colony on Barewal Road since January 25. Sarita asked him to meet her husband Dr Rakesh Aggarwal for the money.
In an inebriated condition, Sukhpal visited the house on January 29 around 1 pm and demanded money. When Sarita refused, an infuriated Sukhpal hit her with a flower vase. Sarita ran towards her room. The accused followed her and took a hammer and bludgeoned her. Later, he took a kitchen knife and slit her throat. On hearing the screams, Pushpawati came out. He bludgeoned her also with a hammer and slit her throat with the knife.
Umranangal said that then Sukhpal washed his hands in the sink and fled the house taking away Sarita’s purse that contained Rs 1,500 and jewellery.
Sukhpal dumped his blood-stained shoes on the way and bought chappals from Barewal Road before going to his house at Phallewal village.
How the case was cracked
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Narinder Bhargav said the police had prepared a list of people who had visited the house three to four days before the killings and questioned them. The police suspected Sukhpal and brought him under the scanner. When the police confirmed his role in the killings, he was arrested. He said the police were also questioning domestic help Pooja who had informed the police about the killings.