Servant kills lady, cops track accused through Facebook
Police has arrested the servant and his acomplice on Wednesday from Noida by tracking social media account of the accused who murdered his 53-year-old employer Sarita Devi in a daylight robbery in Delhi's Amar Colony area.
The case had been solved within 24 hours with the arrest of the prime accused Roshan and his associate but has raised serious questions on how unverified servants could pose a serious threat to life and property of residents.
With no id proofs or photographs and no CCTV inside the premises, the cops had to use their investigative skills to locate, track and arrest the culprits.
Sarita Devi was murdered by strangulation after four men entered her house in Lajpat Nagar's Amar Colony which was facilitated by her domestic help Roshan who was employed a month ago through a placement agency.
The other servant was overpowered by the group and was tied with tapes and ropes. Sarita was also tied but after she raised an alarm, the accused strangulated her to death.
After they killed Sarita, the assailants ransacked the house, broke open the almirahs and decamped with jewellery and cash worth around 25 lakh.
It was only when the victim's husband Manak Lal returned from Faridabad where he works as a transporter at around 3:15 pm that the murder was discovered and the cops were informed.
When police reached the crime spot, they were shocked to know that the servant was unverified.
"The basic hinderence was that the servant was unverified so we could not immediately get his photos or address from the employers. With the mobile number, we tracked the facebook profile of Roshan and circulated his photos at airports, railway stations and bus transit points," said DCP South East Romil Baaniya.
The team then tracked the movement of the accused through a CCTV camera placed outside in the locality. The cops then left for Atta in Noida from where the prime accused and his accomplice Shesh Narayan were arrested. They also recovered the robbed amount from them. Three others are still at large.
The interrogation revealed that Roshan alias Balram used to sell momos in Noida but the greed for money and desire to lead a lavish life led him to commit the crime where he joined the placement agency with an intention to rob the innocent owners.
"We would like to appeal for the safety of the residents that they should get the servant-tenant verification done immediately. This case is an example how unverified servants could turn to be a fatal mistake," said Baaniya.
Cops are now scanning the role of the placement agency from where Roshan was hired as it too seems to be working on a fake address in Shahpur Jaat area in south Delhi.