Murder of BJP leader's wife: man arrested in Delhi

New Delhi: A man was arrested in the capital for allegedly murdering the wife of a former UP minister during a robbery attempt at her residence in Muzaffarnagar four days ago along with his associates, police said today.

Joshodh Chaudhury was apprehended yesterday from his rented accommodation in south-east Delhi's Badarpur where he was hiding after the murder, Additional Commissioner of Police (South-East) Virender Chahal said.

Chaudhury along with his associates allegedly murdered Revati Singh (75), wife of sitting BJP MLA Hukkum Nairain Singh who was a minister in UP earlier, in her Muzaffarnagar residence on July 31. Narain, who is the BJP MLA from Kairana, is the BJP deputy leader in UP Assembly.

"Chaudhary, a native of Bihar's Madhubani, shifted to Delhi 13 years ago and opened a tailoring shop RK Tailors in Molar Band Extension," Chahal said. He was carrying a reward of Rs 12,000 on his head declared by UP Police.

Based on his disclosure, Rs 50.80 lakh in cash and 6 rings were recovered from the house which he has taken on rent to avoid police arrest. Two gunny bags were also recovered from the spot which were used in transporting the looted amount to Delhi, he said.

Chahal said the murder and robbery was committed with the connivance and assistance of one of the servants of Singh identified as Shankar and his former servant Ravinder Chaudhary.

Joshodh, Ravinder and three others conspired to rob the house on the intervening night of July 30 and 31 after receiving a tip off from Shankar that the MLA was not present in his house. During the robbery, they strangled to death MLA's wife Revati.

Joshodh also told police that one of the co-accused Pradeep took his share of Rs 12 lakh and left Delhi.

The UP Police has been informed about the arrested and Chaudhury will be handed over to them.