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Three arrested for alleged involvement in killing of NRI

PTI | New Delhi |

Three men have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the killing of an NRI in southeast Delhi’s New Friends Colony in July, police said on tuesday.

On July 5, Hemant Chawla was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his friend’s house, they said.

Five months after his death, the Crime Branch arrested two men in connection with the case, the police said.

A third man, Chawla’s friend, in whose house his body was found, was also arrested, they said.

Chawla had returned to India from the US last year to look after his mother. On the morning of July 5, his friend Nitin Sabharwal informed his driver that his employer had died, they said.

The family claimed that there was foul play and on July 19 the police registered a murder case, they said.

In August, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch so that the case was probed properly.

In October, Chawla’s postmortem report signed by doctors from the AIIMS mentioned strangulation as the cause of his death.

This month, the Crime Branch arrested Tasim and Pritam Pal in connection with the case, the police said.

Sabharwal was admitted to a hospital and was later arrested, they said.

The motive behind the killing is yet to be ascertained, the police said.