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What started with a property deal in southwest Delhi’s Bijwasan area two years ago ended in a double murder on November 14. The reason, police said, was the accused’s unwillingness to accept Rs 20 lakh from the victim in old currency notes.
At 3 pm on November 14, two juveniles went to the home of a property dealer, Sanjay Rana, in Bijwasan posing as tenants.
When Sanjay and his wife came out, the two juveniles took out country-made guns and shot them dead before fleeing on scooters, police said.
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After a week-long probe led by ACP Rajendra Singh Yadav, during which more than 50 people were questioned, police arrested the two juveniles and a 19-year-old for the murders. Police said the plot was hatched by the father of one of the juveniles, who is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.
Police said that locals had told them that Sanjay owed Rs 20 lakh to the alleged mastermind. After analysing call detail records and scanning CCTV footage, police arrested one juvenile accused, who provided more details.
“In 2014, Sanjay had promised to sell a 500-sq-yard plot of land and received Rs 20 lakh as “token amount” from the mastermind. But the land was not on his name, and the accused eventually demanded the money back. A civil litigation was pending. But after demonetisation, Sanjay called the accused and said he could give him Rs 20 lakh in old currency notes. After five days of negotiation, the deal fell apart and Sanjay and his wife were murdered,” said DCP, southwest, Surender Kumar.
Police said the mastermind is from the nearby village of Bajghera, and is in Tihar for murdering two people, including his cousin, in Najafgarh last year.
Police said he hatched the plot from inside the jail and got his juvenile son, who roped in two others, to commit the crime.
“The mastermind helped the assailants by providing firearms. He chose juveniles so they would evade harsh punishment. He wanted to kill Sanjay’s wife because she accompanied him to the courts,” said the DCP.
Police said that the 19-year-old arrested in the case is a junior national-level badminton player. Police said he dropped out of school because of poverty and was promised Rs 4 lakh for waiting for the juveniles on a scooter.
Police said Sanjay was disabled and and ran an NGO. Sanjay’s sister-in-law Kiran, who witnessed the murders, said, “I was accompanying Sanjay and my sister. Sanjay asked me to take our family dog inside. The moment they started firing, I ran towards them. But by then, they had fled.”