The murder of a 65-year-old retired government official in Samachar Apartments in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar has been solved with the arrest of a 25-year-old woman who alleged she was being sexually exploited by him, police said on Saturday.
Investigators said the woman was arrested on the basis of circumstantial evidence and with the help of CCTV footage.
The woman informed police that she had approached the victim, Vijay Kumar, 65, two years ago for a job but he allegedly sexually exploited her and filmed her in the nude.
The woman has confessed to the crime and told police that she stabbed him more than 10 times to avenge her sexual exploitation.
“As per the woman’s claim Kumar regularly called her at his residence when his family members were out and used to exploit her,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Rishipal said.
Citing the woman’s statement, the officer said that Kumar had also called her to his third floor flat no 129 on the day of the murder, July 20. “Out of frustration and anger she murdered him.”
A police officer said that the residents were shown a CCTV image of the suspect near the flat as well as the footage recovered from a camera installed at the exit gate of the apartment complex, meant for media personnel.
“The CCTV footage showed that the woman entered the apartment around 10 a.m. and came out around 12 p.m. She was seen going out with an LED television wrapped with paper and carrying a bag on her shoulder,” the officer said.
The CCTV image of the woman entering the house was blurred, but it was clearly captured while exiting the apartment complex, carrying the television stolen from Kumar’s flat, the officer said.
Residents of the apartment complex said policemen asked them to identify the suspect through her captured image and CCTV footage in which she was seen wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt.
The officer said that several teams were formed due to the sensitivity of the case.
“Hundreds of mobile numbers were also analysed. During this process the woman was identified and arrested. She initially tried to mislead but later confessed to her role in the murder,” the officer said.
Kumar’s body with stab wounds was found by his daughter Ambily, who lives in the society complex.
She rushed to his house when Kumar didn’t respond to her calls and found him lying in a pool of blood in his bedroom.
According to police, Kumar — who had retired from the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) — was alone when the murder took place. Kumar’s wife Vasundhra, 60, works in the Income Tax Office here. He shifted to the flat in March, 2016.