Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on Tuesday claimed to have solved the sensational murder-cum-robbery case in which a footwear merchant and his nephew were gunned down by armed assailants who sped away with Rs.2.60 lakh in cash at Saraswati Vihar here on April 21. Five persons, including an employee of the businessman’s son, have been arrested.

The incident took place when Raghuvir Mittal and his nephew Pavan were returning home in their car driven by Sandeep. Near Kohat Enclave, the robbers intercepted their vehicle and opened fire, injuring all the three seriously. While Raghuvir and Pavan died on way to Max Hospital, Sandeep died in the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences a few days later.

Suspecting it to be robbery as a bag containing cash was found missing from the victims’ car, the police initiated investigations to find out if any insider was involved.

During investigations, the police found that one of the employees, Netarpal, who was working for Mr. Mittal’s son Sanjeev, had been irregular at work for a few days prior to the incident.

On questioning, Netarpal allegedly told the police that he had masterminded the robbery.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West Delhi) Manish Agrawal, Netarpal initially informed his friend Manoj that Mr. Mittal used to carry huge amounts of cash while on his way back home every evening. Manoj shared this information with his brother-in-law Ezaz Ahmed, who has a criminal past.

Ezaz allegedly roped in his accomplice Amir and some other criminals and got a reconnaissance done on Mr. Mittal’s daily activities.

On April 21 evening, Ezaz, Sahib, Amir and Pauva allegedly trailed Mr. Mittal’s car in the Esteem. They intercepted the victims near Kohat Enclave and Amir allegedly fired eight rounds at them. The robbers then fled with the bag containing Rs.2.60 lakh.

At the instance of Netarpal, the police have arrested Manoj, Ezaz, Afzal and Zaheer and recovered part of the stolen cash from them. A hunt has been launched for the other five criminals.