Aspiring air hostess stabbed to death: ‘Three months before she was killed, victim alerted police about threat’

Riya succumbed to injuries at GTB Hospital early Thursday. CCTV footage from Wednesday shows her being slapped by the accused, Adil alias Munne Khan, in the presence of passersby.

Written by Somya Lakhani , Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2017 4:36 am
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LESS THAN 24 hours after Riya Gautam, a 21-year-old aspiring airhostess, was stabbed seven times just metres away from her Ram Nagar Extension house in Shahdara area Wednesday, her brother said she had lodged a complaint against the accused in April. “About three months ago, she told us that a man was harassing and stalking her. We had lodged a complaint at the Mansarovar Park police station. Police told us that he was in Gujarat and that they would investigate,” Ashish, the victim’s elder brother, said.

Riya succumbed to injuries at GTB Hospital early Thursday. CCTV footage from Wednesday shows her being slapped by the accused, Adil alias Munne Khan, in the presence of passersby. It also shows her trying to escape by entering a photo studio even as Adil runs behind her wielding a knife. “She was stopped by the accused. Minutes later, he started slapping her and then stabbed her seven times inside the shop,” police sources said.

Special Commissioner and chief spokesperson of Delhi Police, Dependra Pathak, said an officer of the rank of Additional DCP has been appointed to look into why action was not taken after the complaint was received three months ago. Pathak told The Indian Express that raids were being conducted to track Adil, a private taxi driver, and that he would be arrested soon. “After scanning call data records of the victim and CCTV footage of Wednesday’s incident, we came to know she was talking to the accused before the incident,” Pathak said.

Police sources said, “In January, he came to the institute where she studied in Nirman Vihar. The two got into an argument. He misbehaved with Riya and she allegedly slapped him. After he threatened her, she told her family about him.” Police added that she had changed her mobile number two days ago. After the complaint was filed in April, Adil was asked to join the investigation but he allegedly fled to Gujarat. “He came to Delhi on Tuesday and approached Riya again,” police sources said.

Adil asked family to leave: Police

Minutes after stabbing Riya, the accused called his mother and younger brother and asked them to leave the city and go their village in Aligarh. Several teams have been sent to Aligarh and Ghaziabad to nab the accused, police said. Sources said police conducted raids at his home but found the door locked. “Police managed to trace their location and are questioning them,” the sources added.

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    Krish Sharma
    Jul 9, 2017 at 10:04 am
    Where are secular Dalit Premi. Girl was dalit but no foul cry heard. Had she was killed by uppercast Headline comes ''21 yrs Dalit Girl killed by Uppercast youth"
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      Prashant Gupta
      Jul 9, 2017 at 12:19 am
      Keep away from bad muslim. people should have responded to her distress call and nabbed the killer.why public is so scared.
      1. J
        Jul 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm
        My request to all Indians stand against this be vigallante and always keep observation on Muslim they may be terrorist Bcoz Indian Muslim are inclined towards wahabi sect of Islam so apne pass me hamesha Dhyan rakho in par ye chor killer hai aur police ko turant inform Karo. Aur jiske Ghar ke pass Muslim hai wo thori jyada Dhyan de aur unko apne Ghar me ane Jane se roke be responsible Hindu and save ur iden y
        1. A
          Jul 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm
          I never hear cases of minority girls from the boys religion stalked and murdered by majority community boy. Some will say these kind of men exist in all community, but they do that to girls of their own religion. Both are bad. These issues are being raised as some people selectively cry for Junaid Khan who was killed fir seat sharing dispute, and insert a beef rumor for TRP.
          1. S
            Jul 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm
            Delhi government is sleeping. Further their standard excuse will be that Delhi Police is under Central Government.
            1. V
              Jul 8, 2017 at 12:07 am
              So sad state of affairs . Hope the murderer is nabbed and prosecuted.
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                Jaivant Dwivedi
                Jul 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm
                Not in my name, islamic terrorism is real.
                1. J
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 5:34 pm
                  Bhai ye virus koi marna jaruri hai
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                  ch.srinivasa rao
                  Jul 7, 2017 at 1:19 pm
                  This is also treat linching.muslim men how dare to murder hindu girl?If she is junaid then muslims will say linching.what media doing?
                  1. V
                    Jul 8, 2017 at 12:10 am
                    Even Hindu boys have committed such crimes like acid attacks. Such kind of stalking mentality is due to bad parentage!
                    1. I
                      Jul 8, 2017 at 9:31 am
                      Yes, but going by the population percentage or the number of convicts in such cases will give you better idea. Unless until people especially woman gets educated about #LoveJihad (especially in UP, Bihar, Delhi, Bengal, Kerala) and human trafficking by criminals (mostly muslim youth are involved) the adversities involved...these things will never stop.
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