A day after he allegedly gunned down a 22-year-old woman at a south Delhi bus stop, the man arrested for the incident claimed she had provoked him and had been standing in the way of his relationship with one of her friends, police claimed on Monday.
On Sunday evening, Munshi Ram Yadav, 25, pumped three bullets into 25-year-old Pooja at the Sarai Kale Khan bus stop. Pooja was allegedly opposed to Yadav’s relationship with her friend Kiran.
“Yadav was in a live-in relationship with Kiran and wanted to marry her and settle down at his native village in Bihar,” a senior police officer said. “However, Pooja not only did not approve of their relationship; she also didn’t want Kiran to leave the capital.”
According to police, Yadav, on Sunday evening, had gone to meet and convince Pooja, a resident of east Delhi’s Bhajanpura, to change her mind.
The discussion, Yadav told police, had degenerated into an altercation during which an incensed Pooja allegedly slapped Yadav, pelted stones at him and even challenged him to kill her if he could dare.
“During interrogation, he told us that he was under depression for the last two years because Pooja was creating hurdles in his relationship with Kiran and hurting his prospects of settling down with her,” said the officer.
Police claimed Yadav had admitted to having argued with Pooja over the same issue several times on previous occasions. But this time, he took a country-made pistol, procured specially from Bihar.
“After his altercation with Pooja on Sunday afternoon, he went back home to Abu Fazal Enclave where he stays on rent, had alcohol, grabbed his pistol and went to Sarai Kale Khan where he was sure of being able to intercept Pooja,” the officer said.
According to police, he saw Pooja standing at the bus stop with her husband Manoj minutes before he attacked her. He simply walked over to the couple, triggering a string of abuses from Pooja.
That, police said, was when he decided to follow her as she walked down the street to a tea stall to avoid him. Yadav didn’t give up and attempted to restrain her physically.
“A scuffle ensued, during which he shot Pooja thrice. A country-made pistol along with seven live cartridges were recovered from his possession almost immediately,” the officer added.