A 55-year-old ration shop owner was strangulated to death and robbed allegedly by her two employees along with their accomplice in northwest Delhi, police said on Monday.
Bunty used to work at Kusum Gupta’s ration shop in Model Town area but had quit a month back owing to some allergy and had got his relative Sadik employed at the shop, DCP (northwest) Vijay Singh said, adding that there was no verification done for both of them.
One of the duo, on Sunday told the landlord of the shop from where Gupta ran her business, that she had committed suicide by hanging herself in her house in Model Town, he said, adding following which the landlord made a PCR call.
When police reached the spot, they saw Gupta lying on a sofa with blood oozing out of her right ear while the house was ransacked and all the items were scattered on the floor, Singh said.
Gupta used to live with her son Piyush, who was away for some official work in Chennai when the incident took place, he said.
The staff of Gupta’s shop were interrogated and Sadik’s statement were found to be contradictory which gave rise to suspicion regarding his involvement in foul play, the officer said.
He was further interrogated during which he disclosed that he had come a month back to stay with Bunty, who had been employed at Gupta’s shop for the last 12-13 years and knew that she kept a lot of jewellery and cash at her house, he said.
They made a plan and bought a wire to strangulate Gupta, Yadav said.
Since Gupta knew Bunty and Sadik, she let them in along with their accomplice Sunty following which they strangulated her and took away her earrings and nosepin and decamped with other valuables kept in the house, he said.
Later, Bunty and Sunty were arrested in Model Town and stolen cash amounting to Rs 37,000 and jewellery worth Rs five lakh was recovered from their possession.