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Shahdara murders: Guard had planned robbery, his own aides killed him after heist

82-year-old Urmila Jindal and her three daughters, Sangeeta, Nupur and Anjali were found murdered along with a guard at their home in Shahdara on October 7.

delhi Updated: Dec 06, 2017 23:54 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Urmila Jindal and her three daughters, Sangeeta, Nupur and Anjali lived in a haveli in Shahdara which is occupied by 40 other family members. (PHOTO: Sourced)

Nearly two months after five persons, including four women of a family, were found dead inside a sprawling building in east Delhi’s Shahdara, the police on Wednesday claimed to have cracked the murders and arrested seven people for the crime.

Police said that one of the victims, dead watchman Rakesh, was the main conspirator in the crime that took place on October 7.

Rakesh reportedly roped in his family members to execute the robbery-cum-murders, investigators claimed. But fearing that he will spill the beans to the police, Rakesh’s son and son-in-law later killed the watchman too, said officers of the crime branch.

Police officials on Wednesday said they had arrested seven men who allegedly committed the murders for robbery, a motive local police had earlier ruled out. Among the five arrested by the police are Rakesh’s son Anuj and son-in-law Vikas who reportedly have confessed to the crime.

On October 7, the bodies of 82-year-old Urmila Jindal and her three daughters — Sangeeta Gupta, 56, Nupur, 48, Anjali, 38 and security guard Rakesh, 42, were found inside the sprawling house.

The family of four was among 40 members who occupied the house known as ‘Jindal Oil Mills’, a popular landmark in east Delhi and one of the first buildings to be built in Shahdara.

“Rakesh facilitated the entry of assailants on the night of the murder and later stood guard as they killed the women inside and ransacked the house,” said joint commissioner of police (crime) Alok Kumar.

Rakesh, while visiting his village in Baghpat in August this year, had told the family about cash and jewellery kept at his employer’s house and discussed with them the plan to commit a robbery there.

According to the police, Anuj later discussed his father’s plan with two of his associates, Neeraj and Deepak, and roped them in. Vikas, on the other hand, discussed the plans with his relatives Sunny and Vicky and his friend Nitin and roped them in.

On October 6, the accused met in Loni around 5 pm. They switched off their phones to avoid technical surveillance and then proceeded to the house where Rakesh was already present.

“They first killed Nupur by slashing her throat after she opened the door. They then proceeded to kill Nupur’s mother and two sisters in another room. This was followed by ransacking the whole house for cash and valuables,” said Kumar.

The local police had earlier ruled out robbery as a motive despite the women’s room being ransacked.

The case, which took place on October 7, baffled Delhi Police for two months before they could finally crack it.

‘Precision in attacks provided clue’

“Our first clue came from Vikas. We zeroed in on him after figuring out that the murderers had targeted the vital organs of all their victims. Vikas had worked in a hospital and was more likely to be aware about which organs to target. On being questioned, he confessed to the crime and revealed the role of his late father-in-law and others,” said DCP (crime) G Ram Gopal Naik, who is a doctor himself.

The observation that the major organs of the victims were targeted proved to be a decisive clue in cracking the case in the end and drew praise from Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik who described the solving of the Shahdara murders as “one of the most outstanding pieces of investigations this year.”

First Published: Dec 06, 2017 11:29 IST