A day after a 34-year-old woman was shot dead in front of her two-year-old son in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area, police have arrested her husband for the murder and misleading the police. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North West) Milind Dumbere told The Indian Express that the accused, Pankaj Mehra, has been arrested for killing his wife Priya on Wednesday night. “During interrogation, we found loopholes in the sequence of events that he related to us. Then, we interrogated him thoroughly during which he broke down and confessed to his crime,” said Dumbere.
Dumbere said police recovered footage from the CCTV installed at the CNG petrol pump near the spot. In the footage, only Pankaj’s car could be seen and no other vehicle was spotted. Besides, the two used cartridges were recovered from under Priya’s seat that led us to suspect Pankaj more, he said.
Police officials further said it was revealed that Pankaj had another wife and he wanted to live with her. Priya used to object to their relationship and often quarelled with him. Pankaj, meanwhile, was also being threatened by a money lender, from whom he had reportedly taken Rs 40 lakh.
“Therefore, he hatched a plan to escape both the problems. He arranged for a firearm from his friend and asked Priya to pick him up from a hotel in Central Delhi on the midnight of Tuesday. While returning, he fired two shots at her while the duo were sitting in their car and then took her to a hospital, located near their residence in Shalimar Bagh,” said the officer.
Pankaj then called up the police and informed them that two assailants in another car intercepted and attacked them while they were returning home. He said that during the scuffle, his wife was fired upon. Dumbere added they were trying to identify Pankaj’s friend from whom he had procured the fire arm. “Pankaj’s other wife will also be questioned if required,” he added.
Police said Priya had been staying at her mother’s house for the last 11 months, and moved back in with her husband only recently after their family intervened. They got married 10 years ago. Pankaj, who runs a restaurant, used to run a cloth business with his family while Priya’s father has a fruit business in Azadpur Mandi.