NEW DELHI: An NRI was murdered by his help and her relatives when he accompanied her to Sonipat in Haryana to get back the money he had loaned the woman three years earlier. Police said the man went missing on June 23 and his body was recovered on June 24, but it was later cremated in Sonipat after the cops there could not establish his identity. The husband of the woman has been arrested for murder, and police are pursuing Hema, her brother and his wife and another relative.
The NRI, who was staying in Paharganj, was identified as Rajendra Kumar, 65. His brother approached the cops on June 29, stating that Kumar’s mobile phone was switched off and his house was locked. “A missing person’s complaint was filed,” revealed Sanjay Bhatia, DCP (Central). “Through technical surveillance, we located Kumar to Sonipat. A team was sent there where the local police informed us that Kumar’s body had been cremated on June 29 after nobody claimed the unidentified body. The body had been found in a drain and a case of murder registered in the police station at Sonipat.”
Sonipat police disclosed that after Kumar’s identity was established, they learnt that his domestic help was married to Sonipat resident Ashok and that Hema had visited him around the same time that Kumar went missing from Delhi. They arrested Ashok, but Hema, her brother, his wife and a relative evaded capture.
Inspector Jai Shankar of Sadar Gohana police station in Sonipat revealed that Hema and her family planned the murder because they had to return a loan of Rs 6 lakh to Kumar. “Ashok told police that Hema, who had left him, had requested his help in the murder, promising to return to him. On June 23, Hema asked Kumar to accompany her to Sonipat to get the money, which she told him was with a relative. The group drove in Kumar’s car to Sonipat. There they strangled him and threw his body in the drain,” claimed Jai Shankar.