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Govindpuri murder: Robber needed money to buy gift on wife’s birthday

Deputy commissioner of police (south east) Chinmoy Biswal said that all four accused have been arrested, who said that one of them wanted to buy a present for his wife’s birthday, the day the crime was committed.

delhi Updated: Jan 15, 2018 21:42 IST
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A 24-year-old civil engineering student was stabbed to death in a park two days ago by four people in Govindpuri .

A desperate quest for money to buy a birthday present led to a robbery-cum-murder in Govindpuri where a 24-year-old civil engineering student was stabbed to death in a park two days ago by four people, the police said on Monday.

Deputy commissioner of police (south east) Chinmoy Biswal said that all four accused have been arrested, who said that one of them wanted to buy a present for his wife’s birthday, the day the crime was committed.

“We arrested four men identified as Surender, Sanjay, Pawan Kumar and Ram Babu. Surender, along with other three accomplices, planned a robbery to buy a gift for his wife during which the murder took place,” said Biswal.

“Surender and Sanjay have been previously involved in robberies and were aware that they could find vulnerable people in the park. They convinced Kumar and Babu to join them as the duo wanted to enter the crime world to make quick money,” said Biswal.

Biswal said all the accused kept a watch at the forested area in the monkey park from Tughlaqabad Fort and decided to target Naresh and his 21-year-old female friend while they were entering the park.

“The accused already had knives and they all descended from the fort walls towards the jungle where they found the victims. They demanded that their wallets, mobiles and the woman’s jewellery be handed over to them. When Naresh refused to handover the articles and resisted, one of the assailants stabbed him in the chest,” said Biswal adding that the four men then decamped with all the articles.

Biswal said that the police first questioned the listed criminals of the area and saw their phone locations to zero in on the suspects.

“We also deployed secret informers to gather local intelligence about the accused. Based on all these clues, we zeroed in on Surender and Sanjay who had also served jail term after getting convicted in a robbery case earlier,” said Biswal.

Thereafter, raids were conducted at Tughlaqabad Extension and Surender was arrested, who confessed and led the police to his accomplices. The robbed articles were also recovered from them.

“Surender claims to have completed studies and learnt dancing while he was in jail. He claims to have participated in several dance competitions and shows around Delhi and even in Tihar Jail where he was lodged earlier. After being released, he tried to open a dance school but that did not take off. He was sustaining on money his wife and mother were earning,” said Biswal.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 21:42 IST