70-yr-old murdered in Lajpat Nagar

A 70-year-old man was found murdered at his house in Southeast Delhi's Lajpat Nagar-I locality on Saturday.

Police suspect the involvement of the man's juvenile domestic help, who allegedly had a heated argument with him on Friday night.

Police said the victim, Vijay Kumar Sareen, was living alone. According to police, Sareen's maid, Rani, who used to cook his meals, arrived at his house on Saturday morning. When he did not open the door despite several knocks, she became suspicious and sought the help of neighbours, who alerted police.

Police reached his house on the ground floor of a three-storey building in D-block of Lajpat Nagar-I and found Sareen's body covered in a plastic sheet his mouth taped in the bedroom.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Ajay Chaudhary said Sareen was smothered to death.

"We suspect his domestic help, a Nepali who lives near Jal Vihar, was involved in the murder. He is probably a minor and had started working for Sareen three months ago. Sareen had not informed police that he was living alone. He also did not get his help verified by police. The motive of the murder is yet to ascertained. No valuables were stolen from the house. Only Sareen's mobile phone is missing," he said

Police said Sareen, a widower, ran a property business after retiring as a real estate consultant some years ago.

He had moved to his present residence four years ago. His only daughter, Saloni, is married and lives with her husband nearby.

Sareen's neighbour, Jasmeet, said, "On Friday evening, I saw Sareen speaking to his domestic help and the maid outside the house at 8 pm," she said.

"In the morning when Sareen's maid knocked at our door, she told us that he had a heated argument with his domestic help last night. Now, police suspect he is involved in the murder," another neighbour said.

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