Delhi Police have arrested five people for the murder of an elderly couple in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony area. Police claimed Saturday the jewellery and valuables robbed from the couple’s residence was recovered from the arrested accused.
Manohar Lal Madan (85), a retired bank manager, and his wife Vimla Madan (79), were found murdered in the bedroom of their house on Friday.
The accused have been identified as Mohd Khalid alias Dantu (19), Ahmed alias Mohd Hemant (19), Mohd Maqsood (19), Narender alias Sanjay (25) and Mohd Dilshad alias Raja (24), said the police.
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The Delhi Police had formed 11 teams to nab the assailants responsible for the double murder, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Manpreet Singh Randhawa.
“Based on information from our contacts, we zeroed in on some suspects who could have been involved in this gruesome crime. These teams visited various places where the suspects were believed to have been hiding. Two suspects, Mohd Hemant and Raja of Ghaziabad, were detained,” said Randhawa.
During questioning, the two accused admitted that they had committed the crime, along with three accomplices, said the police. The three assailants were then picked up by the police. All five were formally arrested. Some jewellery, cash, a screw driver and an iron rod were recovered from their possession, said the police.
The accused told the police that they had initially targeted the adjacent house, but had to give up their plans of robbing it after they found a security guard at the gate, said sources.
The five men then decided to break into the Madans’ residence, as it appeared to be vacant, said police.
They entered the couple’s bedroom on the ground floor, overpowered them and tied them up, said the police, adding that they also stuffed cloth pieces in their mouth to prevent them from shouting for help. Madan and his wife were smothered to death by the cloth stuffed in their mouth, said the police.
The accused then ransacked the house and took the jewellery and cash, before going to the first floor, where the couple’s son was sleeping. But he woke up and raised an alarm, and they were forced to flee, said the police.