A factory owner was arrested from Pallavaram area on Sunday night for his alleged involvement in the double murder of his watchman and an ex-worker.

SSP Akhilesh Kumar confirmed the arrest of factory owner Prashant and his aides Amit Chauhan and Ajab Singh. Another aide Pratap Singh is at large and teams have been formed to nab him, told the SSP.

Prashant owns an interlocking tiles factory in Partapur area. Some time back, a motor was stolen from the factory. Prashant suspected the involvement of his ex-employee Ajay and watchman Ashok in the theft.

After leaving the job at Prashant’s factory, Ajay started driving an auto. On Sunday afternoon, Prashant stopped Ajay near Dulhera crossing and asked him to sit on his motorcycle. Ajay handed over his auto to helper Manjit and went with Prashant who took him to the factory. When Ajay didn’t return till evening then Manjit called him on his mobile which was picked by Prashant who told him that they are asking him about the missing motor.

Suspecting foul play, Manjit informed Ajay’s nephew Ankur. Ankur also called on Ajay’s mobile and again Prashant received it. A worried Ankur rushed to the factory where he saw the dead bodies of his uncle Ajay and watchman Ashok lying on a cot.

He immediately informed the police who rushed to the spot and started an investigation. The dead bodies were sent for post-mortem. Police raided the houses of the accused and arrested three of them while raids are underway to arrest the remaining one.