Four days after a triple murder including that of a businessman and his wife rocked Malda district, the CID of West Bengal Police Monday arrested a domestic help employed at the house of the Agarwal family, where the incident took place, for carrying out the gruesome act.
Nirmal Singh (24) has been arrested for allegedly killing his employer and businessman Ram Ratan Agarwal, his wife Manju and caretaker Ganesh Ram at their residence in the English Bazar area of the district last Friday, a CID official said. He had been working at Agrawals’ residence for past eight years.
He was picked up by the CID from his sister’s residence at Naldubi, 3 km away from the Agarwals’ residence, CID DIG (Operations) Dilip Kumar Adak told a press conference here. “Nirmal has admitted to committing the crime, but we are still not sure whether he has done it alone or there was somebody with him,” Adak said.
Nirmal has been booked under Section 396 (robbery and murder) of the IPC. He was produced in a court, which remanded him in 14-day police custody.
Adak said that it was a revenge crime after the Agarwals had dismissed Nirmal six months ago because he had stolen money and other valuables from them.
“He was quite arrogant and was caught for stealing things. He used to argue with Manju a lot and had even threatened her with dire consequences,” Adak said, adding Nirmal was, however, reinstated on Manju’s insistence.
“The CCTV footage showed a person with his head covered with cloth and wearing a tight trouser with a bag entering the Agarwal residence at around 11.15pm. It also showed the person coming out at 1.02am,” he said.
On entering house, Nirmal first hit Ganesh and then slit his throat. Hearing the commotion, Manju came down and met the same fate.
CID DIG (Special) Tapas Kumar Das said that Agarwals’ three daughters — one married and the youngest one studying fashion designing in a city-based college — were not present and Nirmal knew it. The video footage showed Agarwal returning home on his bike. He pressed the bell and on getting no response tried to call somebody. “He then went inside through the garage and that was when Nirmal hit him with a blunt object before slitting his throat,” Das said.
Nirmal stole all the ornaments Manju was wearing apart from a small safe containing more jewellery. The CID officials have recovered the safe and the stolen ornaments. They also recovered the crime weapon, a crowbar, that Nirmal had used. Nirmal had buried all the objects near his sister’s residence.
Das said they had detained five persons, including Nirmal, for interrogation.