After the Juhu police along with officers of the crime branch’s unit 9 arrested two accused for allegedly robbing, plotting and executing the murder of a 50-year-old woman, the police suspect the involvement of more people in the murder.
The prime accused, 19-year-old Dilip Mandal, was caught in Haryana, and his brother Shyam, 23, was caught in Delhi. The duo, who got a transit remand from a court in Delhi, will be produced before a magistrate court in Mumbai on Friday.
The duo decided against going to their hometown in Bihar, and fled to Delhi instead, all the while knowing they were being chased by the police. Despite this, they kept their phones active, to receive updates on police movement via their friends and media. This in turn, helped the police trace their locations.
DCP Vinayak Deshmukh said that preliminary interrogations were conducted in Delhi and the police believe the duo had more accomplices in the murder. He added: “We may have arrest one or two more people in the coming days. This can be confirmed only after the brothers are grilled after being brought to Mumbai.”
He added: “We are also questioning the suspects after Dilip said that there were two others involved in the act.” The suspects are also believed to be domestic helps working in the same building with whom the accused were in constant touch with.
According to officers, Shyam is the main conspirator and was allegedly instructing his brother in plotting the murder. Shyam used to work as a domestic help in Walkeshwar but was fired from his job a few weeks ago, said the police.
DCP Deshmukh said: “Dilip had spotted the family keeping jewellery inside the cupboards after attending a family wedding a few days ago and informed Shyam. We believe that Dilip and one or two other accomplices strangulated the lady after which he handed over a large part of the booty to Shyam.”
Following this, they went their separate ways. While Dilip took a train to Haryana at 7 pm by Punjab Mail express, Shyam took a 23:30 train to Delhi.
After tracing their locations, the police formed three teams who went to Delhi, UP and Bihar, and nabbed them on Wednesday afternoon from Delhi and Sonipat in Haryana.
The deceased, Minoti Parikh was allegedly robbed and strangled on the third floor of her residence in Guru Kripa building in JVPD on Monday. Dilip fled with Rs1 lakh, and diamonds and gold worth Rs33.5 lakh after committing the murder. Her husband Ajay and their daughter were at work during that time. Parikh’s son and daughter-in-law live in another building in the same area.