The Ludhiana police Friday claimed to have solved the double murder case of two women — wife and mother of cardiologist Dr Rakesh Aggarwal — in Ludhiana recently. The police have arrested the doctor’s former driver, Sukhpal alais Bagga, who allegedly killed the two women after they refused to give him Rs 5,000.
The police said after committing the crime, the suspect had stolen Rs 1,500 and some gold jewellery from the house. He had also removed gold jewellery from the dead bodies of the duo before fleeing the spot. He hails from Phallewal village near Jodhan. He worked as a driver for Dr Aggarwal and had left the job a few months ago, the police said.
On January 29, Aggarwal’s mother Pushpavati and his wife Sarita Aggarwal were found murdered at their residence at Sher-E-Punjab colony in Barewal area.
Police commissioner Paramraj Singh Umranangal said during the investigation, it had come to light that the entry made into the house was “friendly”, indicating that the suspect was known to the family. The arrested driver has confessed, he added.
Umranangal said the suspect had left the job as he had applied for a Dubai visa but his application was later rejected. “He was in need of money and went to Dr Aggarwal’s house and asked for Rs 5,000. But Sarita refused to give him the money and asked him to contact the doctor. In a fit of rage, the suspect hit the victim with a hammer and then stabbed her to death with a kitchen knife,” said Umranangal.
Her mother-in-law Pushpavati was also killed by the suspect, the police said.
Umranangal said that after the crime, the suspect covered his face and headed towards Barewal Road. He dumped his shoes and purchased a new pair from Barewal Road. He then hired a rickshaw to the bus stand and left for his village, the police said.
The police said Pooja Devi, who works as a domestic help for the Aggarwal family, had informed the police control room about the crime. “A probe is on but as of now, there is no indication that she had any role in the crime,” said a senior police officer.