A Gurgaon resident was arrested for allegedly getting his wife murdered by a contract killer in southwest Delhi’s Chhawla area on September 20, said police Friday. The contract killer has been arrested too, police added.
Lalit Dahiya (24) claimed he was under pressure from his wife to separate from his parents and sisters and live elsewhere with her, but he did not want to do so, said police. He hired Sahil (22) to eliminate his wife Monika, police added. Dahiya, who is pursuing post graduation from a private university in Gurgaon, made the deal with Sahil for Rs 8 lakh, said police.
Monika was shot while she was inside an SUV parked on the road at Raghavpur village at about 3 pm. Seconds earlier, her husband had got down from the vehicle to reportedly take a leak, said police. The family was returning from Monika’s house. Dahiya and Sahil had decided this was when she would be targeted, added police. Dahiya had given Sahil an advance of Rs 50,000, a two-wheeler and a pistol to shoot Monika, said police. Dahiya had bought the pistol for Rs 25,000 from an acquaintance at his university, said police.
Moments after Monika was shot, police received a call about the incident. When officials reached the spot, they were told the woman’s husband had taken her to Metro Hospital in Palam Vihar, Gurgaon. Monika was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Dahiya told the police he had got down from the vehicle when he heard a gunshot. He claimed a man with a pistol came out of his vehicle and fled with an accomplice. He claimed his wife had a bullet injury on her face and their 5-month-old daughter was crying in her hands.
Initially, Dahiya avoided questions, but during sustained questioning, after Monika was cremated, he confessed to his involvement in the crime, said police. “The accused staged a drama of a robbery bid to mislead the police, but could not succeed and was arrested,” said Surender Kumar, DCP (South West).
Dahiya, a resident of Dhanwapur village in Gurgaon, had married Monika on January 26 last year.
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