Jaipur: A team of Jaipur police on Monday arrested five members of a family from Midnapore in West Bengal for assisting in looting and killing a city-based jeweller on September 13 in Chomu area. In a late night develompment, the main accused, Shambhu Sasmal was also arrested with cash worth Rs 1 lakh.
According to Ashok Kumar Gupta (DCP West Jaipur) the police arrested father, mother, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother of on Shambhu Sasmal, the prime accused. Shambhu stabbed Mool Chand Soni 17 times and then smashed a sliver brick on the victim's head when he resisted.
"Shambhu killed Soni at latter's showroom and made away with jewellry and cash worth Rs 1 lakh. He went to his house in Bengal and asked his parents and relatives to hide the stolen items and cash," Gupta said. The police first arrested family members who connived with Shambhu in planning the murder and loot. "We have arrested the father -Kalipara (52), mother – Purnima (51), Shambhu's sister-in-law Rina, brother-in-law Madan and brother Vishawajeet," he added.
Several teams of Jaipur police were sent to Maharashtra and West Bengal. Police conducted searches in Maharashtra and found that Shambhu was hiding in West Bengal. Gupta sent a team to Howrah in West Bengal. Jaipur police commissioner Sanjay Agarwal also talked to Rajesh Saroliya, a senior police official with West Bengal police crime branch.
"Saroliya is from Rajasthan, he was briefed about the situation. Saroliya directed the local police to assist Jaipur teams. We were able to trace Shambhu's family in Midnapore. We interrogated the family and recovered the stolen items," Gupta said.
Upon interrogation the police found that Shambhu had planned the conspiracy along with his family and relatives. "The primary investigation reveals that the family knew about the criminal intentions of the accused, they may have also assisted him in other ways," Gupta said. All the six accused will be sent to Jaipur by West Bengal police after acquiring transit remand from the local court in Midnapore.