A case of murder under section 302 and robbery (section 392) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the suspect which has been arrested.
52-year-old Meeru Jain, a resident of Air Force Naval Officers’ Enclave was found dead on Friday in Dwarka sector 7. Delhi Police suspect the case to be one of a robbery bid gone wrong.
Police said that the woman lived with her husband, a retired Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander. The couple have a son who works in an MNC in Noida and visits them on the weekends. Their daughter is a doctor in Goa and is settled there. A preliminary investigation revealed that some cash, mobile phones, and jewelry was found to be missing from the house.
According to a senior police officer, Meenu’s 76-year-old father HP Garg, a retired IIT Delhi professor currently working on a research project at the institute, said his son Darpan called him on Thursday evening to inform that Meenu was unwell. He left his office for Meenu’s home at around 7.45 pm. On the way, as he called his daughter, she said she was fine & had eaten cashew nuts, which had led to some reaction.
On Friday, he and his son decided to go to her home as her phone was not reachable. They found the main door open and the other wooden door locked. The victim’s brother made his way to her house by jumping in through a neighbor’s residence only to find her lying motionless in her room. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and was declared “brought dead”.
An investigation of the crime scene revealed that the killers had a friendly entry and locked the main door before leaving. Police said that the autopsy report suggests it was an unnatural death due to smothering. They suspect that the victim was smothered with pillows and towels that were found lying next to the body. Some hair strands were also found on one of them. Tea was also found in five China cups. A team of forensic experts has collected the samples for a DNA match.
“CCTV footages from the society are being checked and a list of people who had visited the woman hours before she was killed has been prepared. A crime and forensics team also arrived at the house to collect finger prints and other possible evidences,” said a senior police officer.
An update regarding the case came on Monday, April 29 from the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) who said: “Unfortunate incident of the murder of the lady has been solved. A person has been arrested from Jaipur. He was knownto the deceased lady. He came to her house, remained there for several hours and
later smothered her and escaped with valuables.”
According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka), Anto Alphonse, 56-year-old Dinesh Dixit was nabbed from Jaipur on Monday evening. Dixit told the cops that he had come in contact with Meenu Jain a few months ago and was aware that there was a lot of cash and jewellery in her apartment. The police is quizzing him further to know how he came in contact with the victim and whether he had any associates.
By Abhijeet Pandey