Palam murder accused showed no remorse, threatened me, says cousin

NewsDrum Desk
23 Nov 2022

New Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) Twenty-five-year-old Keshav who was arrested on charges of killing his parents and two other relatives, issued a death threat to his cousin just before his arrest.

It was Kuldeep Saini (26) who caught Keshav while he was trying to flee after the killings and handed him over to police. "When I come out of jail, it will be your turn," he warned Saini without showing any remorse.

Keshav is a drug addict and allegedly killed his sister and grandmother along with his parents at their residence in southwest Delhi's Palam area at 10 pm on Tuesday, the police said.

Saini said his and Keshav's families lived on different floors of the same building.

"Around 10 pm, I heard my cousin Urvashi (Keshav's sister) calling my name and screaming for help. When I went upstairs, I saw that the gate just outside the main door was locked and there was silence.

"I knocked the door and asked Keshav to open it. But he insisted that I leave as it was their family matter," he recalled.

Saini said he later saw Keshav trying to flee on a scooter, but managed to get hold of him and handed him over to the police.

"When the police were taking him away, he told me that he will be in jail for 10 to 15 years and when he finishes his term, he would kill me," Saini said.

He said he and his parents opened the gate outside Keshav's main door after cutting the iron mesh and found their grandmother and Urvashi lying in a pool of blood in one room, and his Keshav's parents dead in the washroom.

Keshav used to quarrel with his family demanding money for drugs. Tuesday, too, he had an argument with his mother, Saini recalled.

He also said Keshav had a criminal history.

About five years ago, he was working in Bengaluru and was booked there for stealing documents. He was also involved in an ATM robbery and was lodged in Tihar jail for around one-and-a-half years.

"My grandmother had shifted to the second floor two days ago and had told me that she would be back in a couple of months. But she, too, was killed," Saini said. PTI NIT AMP CJ CJ

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