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20-yr-old murders girlfriend, demands ransom

All she ever wanted was to marry him. But Neelam's 20-year-old two-timing boyfriend Amit had other plans. Instead of marrying her, he allegedly murdered the girl. Later, he called her family to demand a R25-lakh ransom.

delhi Updated: Dec 08, 2010 00:58 IST
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All she ever wanted was to marry him. But Neelam's 20-year-old two-timing boyfriend Amit had other plans. Instead of marrying her, he allegedly murdered the girl. Later, he called her family to demand a Rs 25-lakh ransom.

The incident took place in northeast Delhi. Amit and his friend Sumit were arrested on Tuesday for murder of Neelam, who had gone missing from her West Jyoti Nagar residence.

"The victim was having affair with Amit for the last two years. She wanted to marry him but Amit was avoiding her as he was having an affair with another girl. He then conspired with Sumit to murder her," said Sanjay Kumar Jain, deputy commissioner of police (Northeast).

The police said the two made the ransom call after killing the girl because they were both unemployed and facing a financial crisis.

“They planned it almost a month in advance,” added Jain.

“Around November 20, both conducted a recee of the area to identify the spot where they could execute their plan and chose Ganga canal, around 30 km from Chhaprola, Gautam Budh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. Amit then called Neelam at Durgapuri Chowk around 2pm. He then took her on his motorcycle to the canal where Sumit was already waiting for them,” said Jain.

Sumit allegedly tried to use his firearm to shoot her but the weapon jammed. He then hit her on the head with the butt of the firearm. The two then strangulated her with her shawl.

They smashed her face with a brick to ensure she was dead and then put her body in a plastic bag that they had brought with them. Her body was thrown into the river by them.

Amit is a Masters in Business Administration student. He had lost his job as a mobile store manager in Haldwani in April. Sumit used to work in a factory that manufactured colour television screens but had also lost his job.

The police said after Neelam went missing, her father received a ransom call of R25 lakh. Following this, police registered a case of kidnapping.

During investigation, the call was traced to a telephone booth in Lal Kuan in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh from where the police managed to track the two accused.