Four days after 27-year-old Lalita Dabas committed suicide by hanging herself at her apartment in west Delhi’s Nangloi, a team of Delhi Police arrested her husband Rohit Kumar Chillar, a national-level kabaddi player, from a naval base in Mumbai Friday. The arrest comes a day after Chillar, who had joined the Navy in 2009, posted a video on a social media site, claiming he was innocent and promising to cooperate with the police investigation.
A case of dowry death had been filed against Chillar and his family members after police found a suicide note and two audio recordings, in which Lalita had accused her husband and in-laws of beating her. Police said there were two voice messages in the mobile phone — the first two hours long and the second 22 minutes long — in which Lalita detailed the “torture” she was subjected to and the demands for dowry, which eventually forced her to commit suicide.
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Her father Karan Singh had also alleged that he had given Chillar’s family a sedan during the wedding, but they had demanded an SUV.
While Chillar had remained unreachable to police after the incident, his parents, who were also named in the FIR, had allegedly gone into hiding.
On the kabaddi player’s arrest, Deputy Commissioner of Police (west) Vijay Kumar said, “Our team arrested Chillar after completing the requisite formalities with the Navy… there was no resistance. A local court has granted transit remand till Sunday. Chillar is being brought to Delhi and he will be produced before a city court,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (west) Vijay Kumar.
Chillar’s father Vijay Kumar, who was named in the FIR, also surrendered at the Nangloi police station Friday. He was produced before a link magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody till November 4.
According to police sources, Lalita, in one of the audio clips, said that Chillar had “forgotten her” after his rise as a sports star and also alleged that his father Vijay Kumar was not “letting her live anymore”.
“I want Rohit to cremate me… let him grieve… the man who brought me to this house used to beat me and he treated me in an inhuman manner… even his parents used to beat me… his sister abused me… I didn’t do anything… but I don’t want anything to happen to them after my death,” police sources quoted Lalita as saying in the clip.