A 19-year-old girl was shot dead allegedly by unidentified assailants on a desolate road in Allahabad district’s Industrial Area on Thursday evening.
While an FIR has been registered against unidentified persons, police have questioned a 21-year-old man, who has emerged as a suspect. Police, however, said the case was being investigated from all angles and the motive and identity of the assailant was yet clear.
Around 4.30 pm on Thursday, police received a call about assailants fleeing after pushing a girl out of a car and shooting her dead near Delhi Public School (Naini) on Arail-Mawaiya Road. When the police reached the spot, they recovered a cellphone. The body was identified as that of Divya Tiwari.
Investigations revealed that Divya’s father Ram Asre Tiwari, a teacher in an intermediate college, had died in an accident in 2012. Divya, her mother Nisha Tiwari, and two elder brothers — Rajnish Tiwari (26), a teacher in a coaching institute, and Rajat Tiwari (23), who was pursuing competitive examinations — used to live in their house in Doctors’ Colony in Naini.
Divya was enrolled in a coaching centre near Company Garden in Civil Lines area, as she wanted to get into banking after completing BCA from Kashi Vidyapeeth in Varanasi. While her coaching class ended at 3 pm, she did not reach home on time. Following this, when Rajat called her up around 5 pm, the police took the call.
While an FIR was registered against unidentified persons, Divya’s family has named Mohit Jain — son of Manoj Jain, a businessman from Indalpur village in Naini — as a suspect. Mohit had known Divya for some time and was enrolled in a coaching institute near Divya’s. Police have also found that the two were in touch through cellphone and WhatsApp. Mohit was questioned late Thursday.
On Friday, IG (Allahabad Zone) B B Sharma visited the crime spot. “Mohit claims he picked up Divya from Hanuman Mandir in Civil Lines on his motorcycle. While they were on way to Divya’s home in Arail, some motorcycle-borne assailants intercepted him, shot the girl dead and fled. We are verifying his claims. I have given instructions to probe the case from all angles,” said Sharma.
SP (Trans-Yamuna), Ashutosh Mishra, said: “The car of the suspect, a Tata Zest, has been taken into custody. Forensic examination of the car will be conducted. However, at this point, we are not in a position to say whether the suspect was the assailant.”
Police said the area where the incident occurred was at a distance from the victim’s house and did not fall on way to Divya’s place.