A 38-year-old man was allegedly strangled by six armed robbers inside his farmhouse in south Delhi’s Chhatarpur in the early hours of Thursday, said police. The victim, Rohan Gupta, was a businessman.
Five of the six accused were arrested after an employee of the victim’s neighbour realised something was amiss and informed police. The sixth accused managed to escape, said police.
The five accused have been identified as Ajay, Vipin, Vinod, Shivnath and Vinod Kumar, said Additional Deputy Commissioner (south district) Nupur Prasad.“Initial investigation has revealed the men arrived in Delhi Wednesday night from Muzaffarpur. A case of murder and dacoity has been registered against them and they are being questioned,” she said.
Bharat Singh, security guard of the compound inside which Gupta’s farmhouse is located, told The Indian Express, “I was inside the check-post by the door when I heard a noise. I saw that six men had scaled the boundary wall and jumped inside the compound. When I tried to stop them, one of them threatened me with a gun. Another forcibly sedated me by using chloroform.”
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“The assailants entered the bungalow by cutting through the kitchen window with their tools. They first sedated the victim’s parents, Kishan and Rashmi Kumar, who were sleeping on the ground floor of the two-storey bungalow. They then went to the first floor, where Gupta was sleeping. They tried to sedate him as well, but he woke up and tried to fight them off. That’s when they strangled him,” said a senior police officer.
However, police were alerted about the incident by Neeraj, an employee of Gupta’s neighbour. Neeraj realised something was wrong after he found that the gate of the compound was shut and the security guard was unconscious.
“I also noticed that the lights in Rohan’s kitchen were on, even at such a late hour. On a closer look, I spotted the robbers inside. I immediately called up the Police Control Room,” said Neeraj.
Police asked security guards of DLF Chhatarpur area to block all entrances and exit gates.
Satyapal Tanwar, the security supervisor of the area, immediately sent a patrol guard to Gupta’s residence to check what had happened.
Tanwar, who played a key role in the arrest of the accused, said, “Some time after the PCR vehicle drove off to Gupta’s residence, I saw two men approaching the main exit gate. They didn’t arouse my suspicion. They looked like labourers and there is always some construction work going on in the compound. But I always make sure that no one goes in or out of the compound without proper identification.”
“The guards questioned the men about where they were coming from. They gave me an address that does not exist. This made me suspicious and I forced them to sit inside the guard’s room. I also informed the patrol guard. About four to five minutes later, two more men came to the gate. I got hold of them as well and called the patrol guard again. I told him to inform the policemen, who were at Gupta’s residence, that we have detained four suspects,” he added.
The fifth accused came looking for the four men, and was nabbed by the guards.
When Neeraj arrived with the police, he was able to identify the men as those who had been inside Gupta’s bungalow, and they were arrested.