Driver arrested for killing 80-year-old

Had robbed employer's home last year

A man has been arrested for killing his employer's 80-year-old mother for robbery in outer Delhi’s Rohini in January last year, police said on Thursday.

Radha Raman had given drinks laced with sedatives to the victim’s son-in-law to take the keys of the house. They then killed the woman and ransacked the house.

“They had also taken the CCTV camera system of the house to destroy evidence,” said Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav. Raman was aware that the family had recently sold a property and believed there was cash in the house.

The victim, Krishna, was found strangled at Balaji Apartments in Rohini Sector-14 on January 29, 2014.

After a 14-month probe, police arrested Raman from Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district on Wednesday.

Krishna lived with her daughter Sandhya Sinha and her husband Shailesh. Sandhya works as a teacher with a government school in north Delhi’s Rani Bagh. On Janaury 29, Sandhya and Shailesh had left home at around 7.30 am.

“Sandhya went to the school, while Shailesh had to go to two banks to deposit money,” Yadav added. At about 9.30 am, Sandhya received a message on her phone regarding money deposited with Punjab and Sind Bank.

Money was also to be deposited with Corporation Bank, but she did not receive any message. So, she repeatedly called her husband, but the phone was picked by Raman, who worked as a driver with the family. Raman kept on telling Sandhya that Shailesh was busy with his friends.

“Sandhya then told Raman to come to her school to pick her up and Raman kept on assuring that he is about to reach, but he did not turn up,” Yadav said.

On returning home at about 1.30 pm, Sandhya found her mother lying in a pool of blood and the household articles scattered. Cash and jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh were missing along with the CCTV camera system.

As Shailesh was also missing, Sandhya informed police that Raman was involved. Late in the day, Shailesh was found unconscious in his car behind M2K mall in Rohini. Shailesh confirmed that Raman was involved.

A case was registered with Prashant Vihar police station and a cash reward of Rs 50,000 was also declared on information leading to Raman’s arrest. After taking keys from Shailesh, Raman had opened the main door of the house and overpowered Krishna. She was thrashed and strangled.

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