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Police Arrest Third Suspect In Murder of Ex-Union Minister Rangaraja Kumaramangalam’s Wife

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Police Arrest Third Suspect In Murder of Ex-Union Minister's Wife

Kitty Kumaramangalam homicide: The third accused was arrested from Madhya Pradesh, officers stated (File).

New Delhi:

The police have arrested the third accused within the killing of Kitty Kumaramangalam, the spouse of late Union minister P Rangaraja Kumaramangalam, officers stated on Monday.

Robbed ornaments price over Rs 50 lakh has additionally been recovered from the possession of the accused who was arrested from Madhya Pradesh, officers stated.

The late Union minister’s spouse was smothered to demise allegedly by Suraj together with two others on the night time of July 6 throughout an tried theft at her residence in southwest Delhi’s Vasant Vihar.

A driver by career, Suraj, a resident of Mahipalpur, had been on the run for the reason that day of the incident.

The police had earlier arrested two accused — Raju (24), a washman within the space the place the sufferer resided, and Rakesh Raj (34), a resident of Delhi’s Munirka and a driver working within the Ministry of External Affairs on contract foundation, officers stated.

Police stated over 900 grams of robbed ornaments, together with gold, silver and a diamond necklaces price over Rs 50 lakh have been recovered from Suraj as he was not in a position to promote them.

However, interrogation is underway to determine if Suraj had bought any of the robbed ornaments in Jaipur the place he fled quickly after the incident, they added.

Four groups of the Delhi Police had been conducting raids in Rajasthan and different neighbouring states to catch Suraj, police stated.

The police received a tip-off about his location with the assistance of a cab driver in Jaipur with whom Suraj had been travelling throughout his keep there, in keeping with police.

Using technical surveillance, the final location of the accused was discovered to be close to Jaipur however later his cell phone was discovered to be switched off, police stated.

“When our team went to Jaipur, we found out that Suraj had stayed there at a hotel on the national highway. We scanned through the camera footage and spotted the vehicle number of a taxi in which Suraj had been roaming.

“Based on automobile quantity, we received in contact with the cab driver named Irfan,” said Ingit Pratap Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest).

When Irfan was questioned, he revealed that Suraj had bought a new mobile phone from a shop in Jaipur. On July 10, the location of the newly purchased mobile phone was traced to Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh. The mobile phone was being used by Suraj’s brother-in-law Chotu Adivasi, he said.

“We instantly rushed our groups to Tikamgarh and carried out raid at his brother-in-law’s residence the place Suraj was discovered residing along with his spouse and kids.

“He tried to escape but he was caught by our team. Locals also pelted stones on our team when they tried to apprehend him but with the help of local police, he was arrested and brought to police station,” Mr Singh stated.

Based on his disclosure, the robbed jewelry containing 520 grams of gold together with diamond and about 400 grams of silver with gems and robbed money Rs 9,020 had been recovered from his possession, he stated.

During the probe, the accused stored placing the onus on Raju however Suraj is being suspected to be the principle conspirators behind the killing as he was the one who fled with valuables price lakhs, police stated.

However, information will probably be revealed as soon as all of the three accused are interrogated individually and their variations corroborated, the police stated.

Financial disaster through the Covid pandemic and the greed for cash led the three males to execute the murder-cum-robbery which that they had been planning for over a month, police stated.

The sufferer was a simple goal for them as Raju had been working within the space as a washman for over 5 years and visited the sufferer’s home regularly, the police stated.

The locker looted by the accused was recovered from Raju on Wednesday, the day he was arrested however it solely had important paperwork whereas Rs 60,000 robbed money was recovered after Rakesh was arrested, they stated.

During the incident, the three males first overpowered the sufferer’s 33-year-old home assist Mithila, who sustained accidents however was left alive because the accused had been in hurry to flee after executing the theft.

P Rangarajan Kumaramangalam served as an Union minister within the Atal Bihari Vajpayee authorities between 1998 and 2001.


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