The police on Tuesday arrested three men, including the domestic servant, for the murder of Neelam Saini, who was strangled to death at her Sector 35 residence on November 14.
All three were arrested from the railway station on “secret information’’ after they returned to the city, the police said. However, it is not clear what brought them back to Chandigarh.
The servant, who had been missing since the incident and had given his name as Sunil Safi, is actually Ram Sunder Yadav. The other two, who were accomplices in the crime, are Davinder Yadav alias Rahul Mukhiya and Roshan. All three are from Bihar, said SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill.
He said they worked for Chander Shekhar Yadav, a resident of Madhubani in Bihar, who operates an inter-state gang which had committed robberies at various places, including Madhubani, Rohini in Delhi and Jaipur. He is at large.
The police said Davinder and Ram Sunder killed Neelam Saini (71) while Roshan kept a watch outside. After stealing valuables from the house, they escaped to Delhi and then Bihar. They visited Haridwar before returning to Chandigarh.
Servant Sunil Safi had emerged as the main suspect in the crime. Neelam Saini, who stayed alone, had hired him through a Delhi-based agency Jai Maria Enterprises four days before. The man had shown his voter card as the proof of identity at the placement agency.
During investigation, the police found that the real Sunil Safi was a different man. His voter card had been stolen, along with other articles, from his house in Madhubani a few months ago. Davinder affixed Ram Sunder’s photo on this card, giving him a new identity.
In order to find a target, Ram Sunder got in touch with Nirmala, an employee of Jai Maria Enterprises, to get a job as a domestic servant. The agency hired him for Neelam Saini because “the accused had given a preference to take a job in Chandigarh”, said the SSP.
Sources said the police caught the accused by tracking a mobile number obtained from the placement agency. They said Davinder and Chander Shekhar were accused in another case of robbery, registered in Rohini, New Delhi.