Man arrested for murder of his sister and brother-in-law

Police have arrested a 34-year-old man accused of murdering his sister and brother-in-law through a contract killer at their residence in Subhash Place, Northwest Delhi, on October 30.

Initially, it was thought that Satpal Garg and his wife Ramkali were killed by robbers because the house was ransacked and Rs 2.5 lakh in cash and jewellery worth several lakhs were missing.

Police, however, didn't rule out personal enmity behind the double murder and worked on this angle, too.

"The assailants had a friendly entry into the house. The suspicions grew as Ramkali's brother Pawan Lal, who helped police in the investigations, started behaving oddly after a few days," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Dr P Karunakaran said.

After scanning the couple's cellphone call details, police zeroed in on Sandeep, who had spoken to Vikram a couple of times before the double murder.

Sandeep was taken into custody and he told police during questioning that Ramkali's brother had paid him to kill the couple. "Lal had promised Sandeep a sum of Rs 1 lakh," the DCP said.

"Our doubts were confirmed. Lal owned a firewood shop in a property that belonged to his brother-in-law. He had been running the shop for a few years. Some time ago, Garg sold the property and Lal was told to move out. That's when he hatched a plot to murder his sister and brother-in-law and usurp their property," the officer said.

"It sounds strange, but residents of the colony in Subhash Palace usually don't keep the doors of their houses closed during the day. The colony is considered very safe and no theft has been reported," the DCP said.

Karunakaran said the couple had left their house open on the day of the incident.

Police were also looking for two others persons — Chandveer and Vikram alias Billa — who they suspect played a role in the murder.

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