Delhi University student Aarzoo Singh’s father Sanjeev Chauhan met Police Commissioner B S Bassi, seeking transfer of his daughter’s murder to the Crime Branch or the CBI. He also alleged that local police are trying to protect other members of the accused’s family.
Arzoo’s charred body was found in a ventilation shaft in the house of her estranged boyfriend, Naveen Khatri. He has been arrested on charges of murder.
Meanwhile, investigators said Naveen disclosed the name of the man who helped him hide the body. “The man, a native of Bihar, works as a labourer in northwest Delhi’s Rajpura Gurmandi area where the families of both the victim and the accused live. He is suspected to have helped Naveen hide Arzoo’s body,” said an officer.
Police Tuesday also questioned Naveen’s father. “His father, Rajkumar, had disappeared after the incident. He has returned now and we questioned him. So far, he has claimed he did not know about the crime,” said the officer, adding that Rajkumar was lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with a murder and released on parole a few months ago.
In his letter, Arzoo’s father alleged he had met the SHO of Model Town police station to file a report about his missing daughter and had they acted on time, they could have saved her.
“Police took action only on February 6 — the day Naveen was held. Other family members were spared. Police let Khatri’s family destroy the evidence,” he claimed. Reacting to the allegations, DCP (northwest) Vijay Singh said by the time police received the missing complaint, the woman had already been murdered.
“Khatri was arrested the moment his crime came to light. No conspiracy has emerged yet. There isn’t enough evidence against other family members. We are still questioning them,” he said.