Ravi Yadav, who was arrested for the murder of 1971 Indo-Pak war hero and Vir Chakra recipient Major(rtd) Rohit Sethi, was drunk at the time of the incident, police said.
Sethi was found murdered at his West Patel Nagar home on Thursday morning. Ravi Kumar, Arun Yadav, Pintu Yadav and a juvenile were arrested on Thursday evening and valuables stolen from Sethi’s locker were recovered from them.
Police said they had planned the robbery as they knew that Sethi and his aged mother were the only ones at home. Sethi’s wife had not been living with him for over the last 15 years. At the time of the incident, she was visiting her son in Singapore, police said.
“Ravi was the caretaker of the paying-guest accommodation facility in Sethi’s house. He was drunk on Wednesday night. As per the plan, he let his associates Arun Yadav and Pintu Yadav enter the house through the rear door. He then hid them in the bathroom till the time of the crime. The juvenile working as a cook in the household was instructed to bolt the front door of the house,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Central) Alok Kumar said.
“Sedatives were mixed in the dal Sethi had for dinner and this left him in a semi-conscious state on Wednesday night. The domestic help working for Sethi’s mother was also drugged in a similar manner. The juvenile then bolted the bedroom door – where the help and Sethi’s mother slept – from outside. Sethi’s pet dog was fettered to furniture in the drawing room,” he said.
When the attackers entered Sethi’s bedroom late into the night and tried to strangle him, Sethi resisted, police said. A scuffle ensued. Sethi’s body bore signs of the struggle. His nose was stained with blood, police said. Pintu Yadav had scratch marks on his neck while the juvenile’s hand appeared to be injured, police said.
“Ravi had stolen a bottle of alcohol from Sethi’s room which he consumed on Wednesday night. The bottle was found in his room,” Sethi’s friend Prem Nagpal said. On Friday, BJP MP from New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi attended Sethi’s cremation at Lodhi crematorium. “He was a faithful party worker and an active member of the BJP Ex-Servicemen Cell and the party local body in Patel Nagar. He had worked hard for the party during the Lok Sabha as well,” she said.