Five held in Lajpat Nagar murder case

A day after a 70-year-old man was found murdered in his Southeast Delhi's Lajpat Nagar residence, police have arrested five persons, all working as domestic help, in the case. Robbery was the motive behind the murder, police said.

The accused, identified as Navraj (19), Harish Bahadur Khadait (19), Ranga Khadka (22), Padam Bahadur Khadka (22) and Kamal Bahadur Budha (23), all natives of Nepal who working in the same locality as domestic help, cleaners and security guards, allegedly hatched a plan to rob Vijay Sareen, a property consultant.

The incident was reported on Saturday afternoon around 1 pm. Sareen lived alone on the ground floor of the house. His body was bound and gagged and the house was ransacked, police said.

"The domestic help, Harish, who reportedly had an argument with Sareen on Friday, was also found to be missing from the house. Further investigation revealed that Sarin had appointed a domestic help from Nepal and did not get the antecedents of the help verified from the police station. Some jewellery items, cash and a mobile phone were also found to be missing," Additional Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Ajay Chawdhary said. "Police teams collected details of people from Nepal working in the surrounding areas and over 60 Nepalis were examined by the teams. A team was also sent to Rohini, where Sareen's domestic help lived. Harish and his brother-in-law, Ranga were arrested before they could flee to Nepal," he said.

During questioning, Harish and Ranga confessed to the crime and told police about the involvement of three others in the case. "They disclosed that Navraj, Padam and Kamal were planning to leave for Nepal from Anand Vihar ISBT. A team was sent to nab the accused and they were apprehended before they boarded a bus to leave the capital," Chawdhary said.

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