A 28-year-old woman from Uzbekistan who went missing from South Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur in September was allegedly abducted and murdered by two of her friends following a dispute over money, said police sources Monday.
Shakhnoza Shukurova’s body was stuffed in a bag, set on fire and dumped in a farmer’s field at Samalkha in Haryana’s Panipat district, added the sources. Haryana Police cremated the body, then unidentified, said the sources.
Investigations revealed Shukurova, who was also known as Shahnaz, was allegedly murdered by Gurvinder alias Gagan and her roommate Naaz, who is also from Uzbekistan, said a police officer. Gagan was arrested Sunday and a hunt is on to nab Naaz, who is on the run, added the officer.
“Gagan told the police he and Naaz abducted Shahnaz on September 24 and strangled her to death in a car in South Delhi and drove with the body to Haryana,” said the officer. “Gagan claimed Naaz told him Shahnaz was not returning her visa and giving her Rs 8 lakh she owed her,” added the officer.
Police said Shahnaz came to India on a tourist visa in 2011 and stayed in a rented house in Kishangarh area of Vasant Kunj along with Naaz. “Shahnaz always travelled in a private taxi with driver Pritam Mishra, who lodged a missing person complaint on September 25 after failing to get in touch with her,” said a police officer. “On September 24, Mishra picked up Shahnaz from Paharganj area and dropped her in South Extension, where she got into Gagan’s car.”
The day Delhi Police received the missing person complaint, Haryana Police found the “unidentified” body, added the officer. While Delhi Police looked into the missing complaint, Haryana Police tried to track down the “unidentified” woman’s killers, said the officer.
Police questioned Gagan shortly after Shahnaz went missing. Gagan, a resident of Kailash Hills in East of Kailash, kept misleading the police, while pretending to be cooperating, said the officer. Gagan claims to own a placement agency, added the officer.
“On October 8, Delhi Police converted the initial missing person complaint into a case of abduction. On October 10, Shahnaz’s mother, Shokhista Shukurova, reached Delhi. She also lodged a complaint,” said the officer.
With the help of technical surveillance, police found out Gagan was in Samalkha the day Shahnaz went missing, said sources. He broke down during sustained questioning Saturday evening, added the sources.
Samalkha DSP Gorakhpal Singh Rana said, “We were supporting Delhi Police in investigation of this case.”