The accused, identified as Neeraj Saki, had made a foolproof plan to show as if the woman had died in an accident but forensic evidence and police investigation led to his involvement in the incident, following which he was arrested. (Agencies)
According to police, Rekha Duggal, wife of K K Duggal, used to live on the ground floor of her house in GK-II.
"Monday night we received a call about fire at the second floor of the house following which fire tenders rushed to the spot and after dousing the fire the partly burnt body of the woman was recovered from the bed with a burnt dupatta around her neck," said a police officer.
"The teams of CFSL and Delhi Fire service were called to examine the crime scene. They opined that the bed and the body were deliberately set on fire. The conduct of the servant, a resident of Madhubani in Bihar, who used to live in the same house, was found to be suspicious," Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) P Karunakaran said.
On questioning, he admitted to killing the woman and relevant evidence was collected. The accused has been arrested and will be produced before court on Wednesday. Further probe is being continued, said Karunakaran.
According to another official, the first floor of the house belonged to Duggal's daughter Sadhna.
"During interrogation, Neeraj revealed that finding Duggal alone in the house, he tried to sexually assault her. But when the old woman fainted during the scuffle, he sprinkled petrol on her when she was lying unconscious and set her on fire," the official said.
Duggal's husband K K Duggal was Editor of the United News of India (UNI) and had died in 2005.
The accused, identified as Neeraj Saki, had made a foolproof plan to show as if the woman had died in an accident but forensic evidence and police investigation led to his involvement in the incident, following which he was arrested.