Family members of Aditya Malik alias Surender Singh, who allegedly stabbed a woman to death in Burari Tuesday, believe that “something terrible must have happened” for him to commit such a crime.
“He used to jump in fear even if he spotted a cockroach… when we saw footage of the incident on TV, we were shocked. Something terrible must have happened to him,” said his father Prem Singh Malik.
Prem Singh, 65, is a retired assistant sub-inspector of Delhi Police.
However, Singh added, “I condemn his act… he ruined his life himself. He is still living, but his existence is similar to death.”
Family members of the victim, 21-year-old Karuna, have alleged that Malik had been harassing her for the last two years.
However, Prem Singh claimed that Karuna and her mother had visited their residence about 18 months ago. “They had lunch here… I came to know then that my son’s mobile shop in Burari was located next to a shop run by the girl’s father. She told us that she sometimes went to my son’s shop and browsed through his computer… everything seemed cordial,” he said.
However, a few weeks before Diwali last year, Karuna and her family members visited their residence in Rohini again, said Prem Singh. “They claimed my son was harassing her. I called my son to confront him, but he told us that he had lent over Rs 1 lakh to Karuna’s father and only wanted the money back. The matter was resolved and a date was fixed for Karuna’s father to return the money. Media reports claiming I used my influence as a former policemen to reach a compromise in the case are utterly false,” added Prem Singh, who retired from the police force five years ago.
“There was definitely something going on between them which had gone wrong,” he added.
Prem Singh said he and his son didn’t get along and they only met at the Rohini court, where hearings on Aditya’s divorce plea were held. “He had filed for divorce and we met only in court. I met him about two months ago, when he told me that he was living in Jahangirpuri,” said Prem Singh.
He has another son, who also runs a mobile shop, and a daughter who is married.
Malik remanded to police custody
A Metropolitan Magistrate court Wednesday remanded Malik to four days’ police custody, till September 25, for allegedly murdering Karuna.