TCS engineer held for murder

Bikramjit Singh in custody

He killed a woman to steal phone to make extortion calls and finance murder of his lover's fiance: Police

A 28-year-old electronics and communication engineer with the Tata Consultancy Services has been arrested by the Crime Branch for allegedly extorting Rs 7 lakh from a businessman.

Police said that a cellphone Bikramjit Singh used to make extortion calls belonged to a woman he had killed. He hoped to raise money to fund the murder of his lover's fiance.

"Singh was arrested after the businessman told us about the extortion deal. He was told to keep the money in a car near Gurudwara Bangla Sahib on July 13 and go inside the gurudwara. We intercepted Singh after he picked up the money and left in a Maruti Swift car," said Ashok Chand, DCP (Crime).

A resident of Paschim Vihar, West Delhi, Singh completed B Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the IP University. He had been working with TCS in Gurgaon since January 2006, police said.

According to police, Singh was in love with a colleague who got engaged to another man eight months ago. Singh, who earned Rs 7 lakh per annum, believed that she left him for a man who earned more than him.

This made Singh plot the murder of his lover's fiance, Chand said. Since he did not have the money to hire a killer, Singh decided on extortion and targeted his neighbour.

According to Chand, Singh did not want to use his own cellphone to make the extortion calls since he realised they could be traced to him. He thought of using Internet calls, but realised that too was not without risk.

"He decided to kill a mother of two school-going children he had befriended two years ago, only to use her mobile phone to make the calls," Chand said.

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