A 50-year-old Delhi policeman and his accomplice were arrested on Saturday for allegedly shooting dead a woman and her fiancé at the ‘Sai Upvan’ temple complex in Ghaziabad on March 25.
Dinesh Kumar, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the Delhi traffic police, reportedly told investigating officers that he was in a relationship with the woman – identified as Preeti – for the past 12 years. He got angry with the woman when he found that she had developed relations with 26-year-old Surendra.
The arrest was made days after bodies of Preeti and Surendra were found inside the temple. A complaint was lodged by the girl's father Pramod Kumar, said DIG Upendra Agarwal.
The police zeroed in on Dinesh as the main suspect after reports of Preeti and him being in a relationship surfaced. Later, Ghaziabad police examined CCTV footage and conducted electronic surveillance in the area.
A week ago, Preeti had changed her mobile number and stopped meeting Dinesh, officials said. According to officials, Dinesh started planning to kill them when he came to know of Surendra and Preeti's relationship.
On March 25, Dinesh – along with his accomplice Pintoo - followed the couple when they were on their way to the Sai temple in Sai Upvan, officials said. “When the couple came out of the temple, Dinesh had a heated argument with them and in a fit of anger shot them,” officials said.
Police have recovered a 9 mm service pistol, three live cartridges and the car which was used in committing the crime, they said.