One up on crime: How cops foiled designs of this killer out on parole
Convict Planned To Bump Off Elderly Couple, Murder Witness Before Returning To Jail
New Delhi: It was almost the perfect plot. A contract killer out on a sevenday parole was to both murder an elderly couple to rob them and eliminate amurder case witness. The two crimes were to be committed on the last day of his parole and the killer was to return to jail leaving behind two blind cases.
It turned out not to be so perfect because the Special Cell of Delhi Police was covertly keeping an eye on 27-year-old Ombir Singh from the moment he stepped out of jail. The cops were also tracking his phone calls. Their actions saved the lives of the would-be victims, the 75-year-old owner of a pharmaceutical firm and his 70-yearold wife, residents of central Delhi.
Police arrested Singh and his associate Jagdish (27) and seized two loaded pistols and cartridges from them. Pramod Kushwaha, DCP (Special Cell), said, “ACP Govind Sharma and his team keep track of the movements of convicts released from jail on bail or parole. Ombir was released on June 6, and a team headed by inspectors Sanjay Gupta Lives saved Arrested PLOT Man comes out on a one-week parole; plans to kill an industrialist (78) and his wife (75) apart from another murder witness on the last day and return to jail. Discusses plan with girlfriend, cops arrest them hours before the murders Life saved Arrested PLOT Cops avert the murder of a woman named Bhavna, a witness to a murder committed by a gang led by a criminal named Rocky Lives saved Arrested PLOT Nursing attendant of an elderly couple aged 92 and 85 hatches a plot to kill them and rob their house on his last working day. Discusses plan with a weapon supplier, gets busted while en route to commit the murders life saved Arrested PLOT On D-Company’s instructions, a local gang is at the end-stage of a plot to eliminate a Bajrang Dal activist to ignite communal tension; busted Life saved Arrested PLOT D-Company’s men send shooters to kill Wasim Rizvi, president of Sunni Waqf Board. Special Cell manages to reach the spot in the nick of time and busts the plot Life saved Arrested PLOT A gang arrives at a police station in northeast Delhi to gun down a rival who’s in custody. Tracking them, cell foils the plan and Rajesh Kumar began trailing him.”
The cops were also monitoring the parolee’s phone calls and overheard him partially disclosing his plan to his girlfriend. He told her he was soon to come into a lot of money, at least Rs 1 crore, and she could have most of it.
Singh’s minders found that the convict, arrested for murder and sent to jail last year, had become friends with an inmate named Pawan, accused of a double murder in central Delhi. At May end, Singh told his fellow inmate that he would leave jail on parole in the first week of June.
Pawan then tipped Singh about the wealthy couple, whose children did not live with them. He knew about the senior citizens because he had worked as a driver in that neighbourhood for five years and discovered they owned some factories and lived alone. Pawan confirmed the couple still lived there, still alone, through his brother-in-law, Jagdish, who visited the central Delhi colony twice.
In return for this information, Pawan asked for a share of the booty — he needed money for his mother’s medical treatment, he said — and the elimination of the witness in his murder case. On June 9, Singh and Jagdish reconnoitred the couple’s house. They decided that they would commit the crime early on June 13, before Singh reported back to jail in the afternoon. They procured the weapons on June 12.
Realising that the pair was about to strike, the Special Cell swooped on the house in Delhi Cantonment where they were staying and arrested them.
The cops were monitoring the parolee’s phone calls and overhead him partially tell his plan to his girlfriend. He told her he was soon to come into a lot of money, at least 1 crore, and she could have most of it