Tenant arrested for killing landlord to rob her

The tenant of a 55-year-old woman has been arrested for her murder in south Delhi’s Kapashera last month.

Amit Singh Bhandari, 29, was nabbed from Rajasthan’s Ajmer district, police said Tuesday.
“Vimla Bhardwaj was murdered for robbery at her house on September 22. Her limbs  were also found tied,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.

Vimla ran an anganwadi, while her husband Shiv Ganesh works as chief accountant with the Central Water Commission. Their son owns a gym in the area, but lives in a rented house at Dwarka Sector-22.

Vimla’s son had found her lying in a pool of blood when he went to the house from his gym. He took her to Columbia Asia Hospital in Gurgaon, where she was declared brought dead. On this, a case was registered with Kapashera police station.

The initial probe revealed that the couple had given several flats on their premises on rent. Their son had married a woman who filed a rape case against him. “After their marriage, the matter was compromised and the FIR was quashed,” Yadav added.

Currently, he lives with his wife in a rented house as her relations were not cordial with his parents. “The role of Vimla’s son and daughter-in-law was also probed in the case,” Yadav said.

During investigation, Rs 32,000 cash, four gold bangles, two gold rings, a gold chain and Vimla’s mobile phone were found missing. A police team also zeroed in on activities of Amit, who was missing from his rented house for the past two months. His location was found at Kapashera on September 22 and later in eastern Uttar Pradesh and finally at Ajmer.

“We laid traps at Amit’s suspected hideouts in Ajmer and apprehended him on Monday,” Yadav added.

On interrogation, Amit told police he was jobless and there was overdue of Rs 17,000 towards rent. He was aware that cash and jewellery might be found at Vimla’s house. He discussed this with his friend Ashwani, who was also in need of money.

“They hatched a conspiracy to rob the house and hired UP-based criminals Chhuttan and Ajju,” Yadav said.

After the crime, they fled to Allahabad. Amit then went to the house of a friend in Ajmer. Amit, who hails from Parkandi in Uttarakhand, used to work with an export house in Gurgaon and lived in Vimla’s house for two years.

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