Nepalese cook held for murder of couple

A 28-year-old cook hailing from Nepal was arrested for allegedly murdering his cousin and her husband with whom he was living after they refused to give him money, police said

Som Bahadur Gaha was arrested from New Delhi railway station yesterday when he was trying to flee to Pune, they said. The couple was killed on February 14 and their bodies were found 12 days later.

The deceased have been identified as Pavitra and her husband Rama Bahadur, who used to sell momos in Govindpuri area. The bodies were found in a highly decomposed state inside the washroom of their rented room.

The victims had met their landlord hours before they were murdered and paid their rent as they were going to their village in Nepal for sometime.

During investigations, police found that Gaha was staying with them and was missing since February 14. He was apprehended from New Delhi Railway station when he was about to board a train for Pune where his wife, whom he claimed he met on

Facebook, lived.

"He told investigators that he had requested Pavitra for some money. When she refused, he strangled her with a rope. Ram Bahadur was not in the house at the time. He dragged and hid her body in the bathroom. Then he called Ram Bahadur using

her phone.

"About 15 minutes later Ram Bahadur arrived. Gaha strangled Ram Bahadur as well before dumping his body in the bathroom. He took away cash about Rs one lakh and jewellery," Additional Commissioner of Police, Ajay Chaudhary said.

It also came to light that he had deposited the money in various bank accounts. The robbed jewellery has allegedly been recovered from his possession.

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