The charred body of a 21-year-old Delhi University student was found in a ventilation shaft of the house of her estranged boyfriend, said police Sunday.
Police have arrested the man, Naveen Khatri (22), on charges of murder. He allegedly abducted and killed her two days before he married another woman, said sources.
Preliminary investigation has revealed Khatri and Aarzoo Singh, who studied in Lakshmibai College, were to marry, but it was called off around four months ago, said police sources. Both, however, kept in touch even as Khatri’s family arranged his marriage elsewhere, added the sources.
The accused has claimed Singh was pressuring Khatri to marry her, said a senior police officer. “He allegedly abducted from her college on February 2, two days before his marriage, and strangled her with a shawl near IGI airport. He brought the body back to his house in his car’s trunk after failing to burn it, and hid it in the shaft at his house in Gurmandi locality,” added the officer.
The crime came to light Saturday night after Khatri admitted during questioning he had killed her, said police. On his information, police recovered the body. “The victim’s father, Sanjiv Chauhan, had registered a missing complaint on February 2. The victim, who was a final year student, was last seen with Khatri, who picked her up from outside the college,” said a police officer.
After their marriage was called off, both their families had decided they would not meet, but they did, added the police officer. Police are investigating if other members of Khatri’s family had a role in the crime. Khatri’s father is in jail in a murder case, said police.
“A case of murder has been registered. Investigation is on,” said Vijay Singh, DCP (northwest).