Two persons allegedly killed their 45-year-old colleague at north Delhis’ Kashmere Gate to steal copper scrap being transported by him.
They had laced his soft drink with sedatives and fed him pills to make him unconscious before strangling him.
The accused were arrested on Tuesday.
The victim Naresh, a resident of south-west Delhi’s Sagarpur, was the owner and driver of a mini-truck and used the vehicle to transport scrap. On Monday, he was asked by Jatin Gupta, owner of a scrap godown in Mayapuri, to deliver copper scrap to Harsh Vihar in north-east Delhi.
“The accused Subhash Chand approached Gupta on Tuesday claiming that the vehicle was robbed by six unidentified men near Kashmere Gate area. He claimed to be accompanying Naresh with another person Amit when the alleged incident took place,” said a police officer.
Police were informed and a case was registered with Mayapuri police station. Police found several contradictions between Chand and Amit’s version of the alleged robbery.
During interrogation they confessed to have killed Naresh to loot the copper scrap.“On the way, the duo offered Naresh a soft drink laced with sedatives. They also fed him some pills that left him unconscious. They then strangled him using a plastic rope kept in the vehicle,” said the officer.
They apparently did not know where to dispose of the body. The vehicle was low on fuel, forcing them to abandon the truck near a bus depot at Sahibabad in Ghaziabad.Police recovered Naresh’s body from the front seat of the truck dumped at Sahibabad.
“The body was lying on the front seat with a plastic rope tightened around his its neck,” the officer added.