Jobless engineer who used to do sundry jobs for lawyer killed him, claim police

Police on Monday claimed to have solved the murder of 57-year-old advocate Subhash Gupta with the arrest of three men — one of whom used to do odd jobs for him.

Gupta, who specialised in income tax-related cases, was found murdered at his Vikas Marg office on Thursday night. He was stripped, strangled and hit with a blunt object on the head, police had said.

An officer said a 22-year-old jobless aeronautical engineer, who used to do "sundry jobs" for Gupta, killed him because of some dispute. "Two 21-year-old men from Gurgaon helped him commit the crime," he said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Prabhakar said all three have been arrested. "It appears that Gupta did not pay the main accused his dues. This had angered him and he plotted ways to teach him a lesson," he said.

Police said he hatched a plot with a friend, who earned Rs 200 a day by distributing and sticking pamphlets for a talent hunt agency, to kill Gupta. The third man, who worked at a call centre where the engineer was employed between February and July this year, was also roped in.

The engineer is from Muzaffarnagar in UP, and he lived with a friend in Kapashera, Southwest Delhi. Police officers said Gupta's phone call records led them to the engineer. "Gupta agreed to meet him on December 13. The main accused and his two friends came to the lawyer's office in Laxmi Nagar around 7.30 pm. But Gupta told him that he would be able to see him at 8.45 pm. When they returned at the said time, the call centre man stood guard outside the building, while the other two went in. Gupta served them drinks," an officer said.

An hour before his death, Gupta had called his wife to say that he would be home for dinner at 9 pm. He was alone in his office after the peon left around 8.30 pm.

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