A 26-year-old Uber driver was arrested for allegedly robbing and killing a money collector last month in the Sarita Vihar area of southeast Delhi, police said on Monday.
The accused, identified as Avinash, a resident of the Pul Prahladpur area, was detained on Sunday, police said, adding that his accomplice Bhikam was on the run.
On September 19, the two reportedly robbed and killed Raghuvir Prasad Meena, 30, who worked as a debt collector for Writer Safeguard, a cash management company, near the Okhla underpass.
During the investigation, it was discovered that the victim used to collect cash income from various Writers Safeguard offices in South Delhi and drop it off at the company office in Gurugram or in their mobile van.
On September 19, Meena collected 11,32,590 rupees from Lal Kuan, Okhla and Tughlakabad Extension.
While checking CCTV footage, police spotted two young men on motorcycles following Meena to five cash pick-up points. In addition, the suspects were seen with a particular bag.
A sketch of one of the defendants was prepared and released, following which Avinash was arrested on Sunday, ten days after the crime was committed, police said.
Up to Rs 81,600 as well as the motorcycle used in the crime were recovered in Avinash, said Deputy Police Commissioner (South East) Chinmoy Biswal.
Avinash was working as an Uber driver and in order to earn some quick cash he planned to rob Mr. Meena with Bhikam, a resident of Itawa in Uttar Pradesh, he said.
The DCP said the duo monitored Mr Meena’s movement for three to four days before the crime and that Bhikam purchased a pistol made in the country of Uttar Pradesh.
On September 18, they failed to carry out their plan.
The next day, at around 11 a.m., they waited for Mr. Meena in front of a gas agency unit in Lal Kuan. Just as the officer left the agency’s premises on a motorcycle, the accused began to chase him, the officer said.
They continued until the extension of Tughlakabad through phases 1 and 2 of Okhla. When they reached the Okhla Underpass near Apollo, the duo attempted to grab the treasury officer but managed to push them back, after which Bhikam shot Mr. Meena, DCP said. .
The accused snatched a bag from Mr. Meena that allegedly contained Rs 11,320,590 in cash and fled the scene. Later they split the money and Avinash allegedly got Rs 3 lakh.
Most of the money Avinash received was used by him to pay off his car loan. Avinash has a wife and two children.