According to police, the accused — the landlord Munna, his wife Sulekha and their 19-year-old daughter — were returning to Ghaziabad thinking that they had thrown cops off their trail, when they were arrested at Sahibabad railway station.
Officials said a decision to shut schools will be taken later. “Since weekends are holidays, we will review the air quality on Sunday and take a decision,” said B N Singh, district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar.
According to officials, 25 tankers, including 15 sewage jetting machines, have been deployed by the Nagar Nigam to spray water in several parts of the city. The Ghaziabad Development Authority has deputed 19 more tankers for the purpose.
His family alleged he disappeared on October 8. “He would teach Munna’s children, and after some time, Munna insisted that he stay with them on the same floor, to which he objected. Perhaps an argument took place and he shifted to another place,” claimed Manish, Pankaj’s brother.
The gang also involved Sunil Tiwari, an MBA graduate who worked with TCS and earned over Rs 1 lakh a month. He would speak to bank employees posing as the customer and use his communication skills to convince them to issue ATM cards.
Last week, Sharma was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Gautam Budh Nagar district court while Preeti faces prison for up to six months. The lawyer representing Sharma plans to challenge the sentence.