Peon with MI among four arrested for robbery-cum-murder
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Last Updated: Friday, May 14, 2010, 20:19
New Delhi: A peon with Military Intelligence was among four persons arrested here today for allegedly murdering an octogenarian man and injuring an elderly woman while robbing their houses two days ago, police said.

Dinabandu Mallik, who is reported absent from work for the past one year, received stolen goods from robbers Saleem and Sonu who allegedly murdered a retired government employee Janakrakh Lekhi (86) at his Kalkaji residence, they said.

Saleem and Sonu along with three of their associates had entered the house of Lekhi in the wee hours of May 12 and gagged him. They then entered the adjoining house of Vidya Gulbani (76) and gagged her before decamping with articles.

Lekhi, who was later declared brought dead at a hospital, was found lying in a pool of blood by his maid while Gulbani was found tied and injured by her grandson who came from an outstation trip.

"We have arrested four persons -- Saleem, Sonu, Mallik and Usman, a scrap dealer, who bought the stolen articles from Mallik. Three more persons involved in the case are on the run," Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal told reporters.

"Mallik is an employee of Defence Ministry and serving as peon in the Military Intelligence wing at Army Head Quarters. He is running absent from his duty since May 2009," he said.

Mallik, who allegedly received the stolen materials from the robbers, resold it to Usman, he said. Mallik holds two government accommodations in his name in Pushp Vihar Sector-5 and R K Puram Sector-2.

"He has rented out his Pushp Vihar accommodation to Dawood Ahmad, a private company employee, who used to be his tenant in R K Puram. He is presently staying in a rented house in Govindpuri though the R K Puram house is lying vacant," the officer said.

Mallik allegedly receives stolen property from persons who are illiterate. He was also been involved in petty offences of thefts, Dadwal said.

The arrests came after police received inputs that some youths, who were involved in petty theft cases and used to gather at Hans Raj Sethi Park, Kalkaji, were involved in the incidents that raised the issue of safety of senior citizens in the city . Police also received information that they were again meeting in the same park early this morning.

"Saleem and Sonu were arrested when they reached the spot. Their interrogation led to Mallik and subsequently to Usman," Dadwal said.

During searches, police recovered a silver coin 'Ajay weds Sushmita, 23 June 2004' from Saleem which was robbed from Gulbani's house. Police also recovered an Italian cap of Lekhi which was presented to him by his Italy-based daughter.

"These recoveries proved that they were involved in the incidents. Saleem, Sonu and their associates are vagabonds. They have been taking food from Kalkaji Mandir and Bhairon Mandit Bhandaras and sleep on the pavements. They have no permanent place to reside in Delhi," he said.

Virendra Chahal, Additional Commissioner (southeast), said Mallik and Saleem had also taken a room on rent in Noida Sector to hide themselves after committing major crimes in Delhi.

During interrogation, Chahal said, Saleem and Sonu told police that they had consumed alcohol with their associates in Hans Raj Sethi Park and then committed robberies in the two Kalkaji houses.

"A screw driver and pipe wrench used by them for removing the grills of windows to gain entry were also recovered," he said.

Mallik was arrested after they disclosed that they sold a silver tea pot along with two bowls robbed from Gulbani's house to him.

They also told police that the remaining looted articles and cash have been taken away by their associates.

"They told us that Mallick was to meet them in the park. We laid a trap and he was arrested. Mallick told us that he sold the tea pot to Usman after which he was also arrest," Chahal said.


First Published: Friday, May 14, 2010, 20:19

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