Yamuna murders…. !!
By Maxwell Pereira
Jt. Commissioner of Police/Traffic, Delhi
Two blind murders in a day! Apparently,
the 1st of August did not augur well for the District. Information
on the first, from PCR at morning 10.30, about a dead body in
a gunny sack under Shahdara flyover. Of a male around 40, totally
naked, with lacerations on the chest and strangulation marks round
the neck. No clue to its identification. Neighbourhood enquiries
get the police nothing.
The second, again information
from PCR at a little past noon plus one, about foul smell emanating
from a house in Old Jagatpuri under PS Mansarover Park. On the
second floor of the premises, the police find a body in an iron
box, highly decomposed. The deceased appeared to have been done
to death in a brutal manner.
The decomposed body in the iron
box was linked by the police to another missing report lodged
at Dilshad Garden on 31st August. Identified as Rajbir @ Pappu,
the 21yr old deceased was of Jagatpuri Extn., Shahdara. Once identity
was established, it was only a matter of time before the police
learnt that he had been called by one Manoj, whose sister, enquiries
revealed, was allegedly teased by the deceased. Manoj fell into
the police trap on Aug 2, whose interrogation led to the unearthing
of the plot and the involvement of his brother Vijay in the commission
of the crime.
The lead in the first comes in
the form of a driver visiting Shadara PS at six the same evening
to report the missing of his employer Neeraj Gupta. Linking of
the missing person to the earlier found body in the gunny sack
was elementary and quick. Deceased Gupta of Rohini was a dealer
in audio visual equipment with offices in high profile Connaught
Place and Kalkaji. He had come the previous afternoon to Shahdara
Metro Station in his Mitsubishi Lancer and instructed his driver
to wait there for him. The employer had then not returned. The
driver provided a further lead, that Neeraj was constantly on
his cellphone throughout the car journey to Shahdara.
Gupta's cellphone number was provided
by his family. An analysis of the phone records threw light on
his life style and contacts, a substantial lot of whom were found
to be of the fairer gender. In his line of business, Gupta was
found to be employing a considerable number of females, with whom
he was constantly in touch. An instrument of the number contacted
on 27th July in the list of contacts was also found to be the
last mobile communicated with on the evening Gupta disappeared.
Police enquiries then revealed
that this mobile was lost by its original owner on 26th July.
The mobile service company however was able to provide the police
with the new sim number under which the instrument was now operating.
This number was found to be frequently in contact with the cellphone
of one Asha - a former employee of Neeraj - whose own phone number
was found in the phone records of Neeraj's cellphone.
Through Asha the police reached
Abid a local with vegetable vending business in Darya Ganj who
had been calling her on the stolen mobile, who in turn put them
on to Arif his friend and co-vegetable vender who by then was
currently in possession of the instrument. Tactful interrogation
of Arif, revealed a diabolical tale of passion and intrigue, leading
to the solving of the murder.
As per disclosures made to the
police, Asha had worked for Neeraj Gupta at his CP office some
time ago and left the place allegedly after Gupta had made some
overtures to her. She confided the matter to her boyfriend Arif.
Asha later approached Neeraj for a recommendation while seeking
a better job, when Neeraj allegedly made further advances after
feeding her beer. When Arif learnt of this, he was infuriated
enough to plan his revenge. He enlisted the support of his friends
and hatched a plan to summon Neeraj to his friend Pawan's house
in East Rohtash Nagar. He then got Asha to call Neeraj on his
mobile to meet her near Shahdara temple on 31st July afternoon.
Neeraj went in his Lancer, parked it at the Metro station with
instructions to his driver to wait for him, and met Asha at the
appointed place. Asha took him in a rickshaw to Pawan's, where
Arif with his friends Farooq and Kadam were waiting. Arif had
supposedly enlisted their support on the pretext of making a blue
film with Neeraj and a prostitute as subjects, and also arranged
for a video-grapher to be present. The agitated Arif had then
tortured Neeraj inflicting injuries on his chest with a shaving
blade and then strangled him with the clothesline. In the rainy
inclement weather of the same night, they had then disposed off
the body in a gunny sack under the nearby flyover.
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