The Hush Post|01:00pm| 2-min-read
A part-time maid and her minor son was arrested for allegedly killing an elderly couple in Delhi. They also took away about Rs 9 lakh cash and gold jewellery from their house in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony, police said.
On January 26, police were informed about Virender Kumar Khaneja, 77, and his wife Sarla, 72, going missing.
A police team reached the couple’s house at Mount Kailash where they found the flat locked from inside. The couple’s phones were switched off, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) Chinmoy Biswal told mediapersons.
The police broke the lock of the flat. Decomposed bodies of the couple were found lying on the floor, he said.
The couple’s son Dr Amit Khaneja lives in the US and the couple had very less social interaction, the DCP said.
During investigation, the domestic help, was questioned. She used to work on part-time basis in their home and visited the elderly couple once or twice a week. She had been employed to give massage to Sarla Khaneja.
Initially, the domestic help denied having any role in the incident. She tried to mislead the police with contradictory statements.
However, a young boy was seen in one of the CCTV footage, police said.
On enquiry, police learnt that the youth was the son of the accused maid. However, she denied the person seen in the footage as her son.
On Monday, the boy was apprehended and interrogated. The accused mother-and-son duo gave contradictory statements. Later, the accused duo confessed about their involvement in the killing, police said.
The plot and its execution
A few days ago, the maid saw Virender Khaneja keeping some cash in the locker of the house.
On January 18, at about 11 am, she went to give something to the elderly woman. Simultaneously, she opened the door to let her her son enter the flat, the police said.
After finishing her job, she left the house but her son secretly remained inside the house. At around 2:30 pm, when Virender Khaneja left the house, the son of the accused, countered the elderly woman for cash and jewellery. She told him that her husband knows about the cash and jewellery.
He strangulated the elderly woman. He then waited for Virender Khaneja to return.
Around 8:30 pm, Khaneja returned home and rang the door bell. When no one opened the door, he opened the door with his own spare key.
On entering the house, the boy overpowered Khaneja and forcefully snatched the key of drawer from him and strangulated him also.