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Man accused of murdering Headmaster to pay debts arrested

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A man who allegedly murdered a retired Headmaster to steal his valuables for paying off his debts was today arrested, the police said.

According to the police, accused Mohit Gupta owed money to someone and to pay off his debts he had brutally murdered Om Prakash Verma to steal his valuables.

The victim's card, driving license, vehicle registration certificate and education department identity card were recovered from the accused, police said.

A two-wheeler and a knife were also recovered from the accused who confessed to the crime during interrogation, the police said.

Gupta was arrested on the basis of information received from a rickshaw-puller who was found using the victim's mobile, police said.

The accused had given the mobile to the rickshaw-puller after committing the crime, it said.

The incident occurred on August 8 night when 25-year-old Gupta, who had allegedly planned the murder, waited for the time when the victim would be alone in his shop at Chanakya Marg in Babarpur area of north east Delhi.

He pushed the victim inside the shop as he was pulling down the shutter and cut his neck with a knife, police said, adding that the accused then looted the gold rings, cash, ID cards and mobile of the deceased.

He had sold the rings for Rs 10,000 through a friend and paid his debt of Rs 9,800 with the money, they said.

According to the police, Mohit had selected Verma as he was a "soft target", who used to be alone in his shop and was heard to have a lot of money.

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First Published: Fri, August 11 2017. 23:07 IST