Cousin held for siblings’ murder

Police have reportedly solved the murder of a man and his sister,who were found dead at their Ranjit Nagar house on Monday,with the arrest of their cousin.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published:January 4, 2012 4:30 am

Police have reportedly solved the murder of a man and his sister,who were found dead at their Ranjit Nagar house on Monday,with the arrest of their cousin. He was allegedly upset over the way the family property was recently divided,they said.

Police said 22-year-old Gaurav was angry that his father had received a bad deal when the ancestral property was split four months ago. “He wanted to take revenge against his father’s brother. He may have thought that with his uncle’s son and daughter out of the way,he would get the full share of the property,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Central Delhi) D C Srivastva said.

Gaurav lived with his family on the second floor of the building,while his uncle,Ajay Arora,and aunt resided with their children,Shivani (23) and Vishal (19),on the first floor. Arora,the father of the two victims,had called police around 9 pm on Monday — stating that Shivani and Vishal were dead.

Stating that the first and second floors of the building do not have separate doors,police said that when Vishal opened the ground floor door to let him in last evening,Gaurav must have gone to Arora’s house instead of his own. “Vishal was sitting in the living room. Gaurav first shot two bullets into his head,and then slipped into the bedroom and shot two more at Shivani. He wrapped the revolver with a towel to muffle the sound of the gunshots,” Srivastva said.

Gaurav chose the time of the murder carefully,Srivastva said. “He knew his uncle and aunt would be at the family’s hotel in Karol Bagh that evening,while his own parents were away at Himachal Pradesh. He had bought the pistol used for the murders for Rs 45,000 from an illegal arms supplier in Delhi. He had planned everything properly,” Srivastva said.

Gaurav’s father,Sudhir Kumar,offered a crucial lead to the police when he told them that his son was upset over the division of property. “We tried to contact Gaurav,but could not find him. His phone was also switched off. Neighbours said they had spotted Gaurav near the house soon after the crime,” Srivastva said.

Police said they arrested Gaurav when he returned home around midnight. They recovered a pistol,a towel and an empty cartridge from him. “Gaurav stole some jewellery from the house after killing his brother and sister to make it look like a robbery. He threw the pistol in a forested area in Southwest Delhi,” Srivastva said.

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