Staff Reporter

Landlord, three others arrested for killing tenant and her mother

Weapon of offence and Tata Safari vehicle recovered

The landlord wanted the two women to vacate the premises

NEW DELHI: Four persons have been arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for allegedly killing a 47-year-old production assistant with Doordarshan and her 74-year-old mother whose bodies were found on Taj Expressway in neighbouring Noida on July 6.

Acting on a tip-off, a special investigating team of the Crime Branch arrested the accused -- Rajesh Kumar Bansala (32), Lala (30), Kamlesh (30) and Shyamu (45) – at Bhalswa Dairy Crossing on Friday around 1-15 p.m.

The police also claim to have recovered the alleged weapon of offence – an iron rod and a wheel spanner – and the Tata Safari vehicle in which the two women were kidnapped, beaten up and then brutally killed.

According to the police, Bansala, who ran a dairy in Bhalswa, had rented out the first floor of his house to Gursharan Kaur and her mother Mahinder Kaur about seven months ago. Earlier they used to live in Ghalib Apartments at Pitampura.

Father dies in accident

In January this year, Gursharan’s father Jarnail Singh, an ex-Serviceman, was killed in a road accident near Mukherjee Nagar.

Nearly a month ago, Bansala told the two women to vacate the house, the police said. When the women expressed their inability to vacate the premises at such a short notice, Bansala began harassing them.

On July 5 evening, Bansala again approached the two women asking them to vacate his premises. This led to a heated argument when the mother-daughter duo expressed their inability to leave the house. Soon matters took a turn for the worse and Bansala began beating up the women.

Bansala’s cousin Lala, who owned a dairy at Loni in Ghaziabad, too joined him. With the help of Kamlesh and Shyamu, both of whom had been working at Bansala’s dairy, they dragged the two women out of the house and took them away in the Tata Safari. Inside the vehicle, the accused again allegedly beat up the victims with an iron rod and a wheel spanner before strangulating them to death.

Subsequently the accused dumped the bodies of the two women at a lonely stretch on the Taj Expressway in Noida. The Noida police found the bodies the following morning.

The police have informed the victims’ relatives, who live in Ludhiana, and also the Noida police, who had registered a case of murder, about the arrests and the recoveries.