Even while on the run the three young men, accused of triple ‘honour’ killings, made it a point to stay abreast with all the news about them. According to the Ghaziabad Police, Ankit Chaudhury (22), Mandeep Nagar (23) and Nakul Khari (21) bought all the national and local dailies they could find in their effort to figure out the police's next move.
The three friends are accused of murdering the sister and brother-in-law of one of the accused and the sister of another, in an apparent attempt to "save" the honour of their families.
The police said the trio had plans to continue their alleged murderous rampage with the murder of Khushboo, Mandeep's sister.
“They had planned to meet Khushboo at some place and murder her, but they could not get in touch with her," said Lal. According to the police, their getaway vehicle Hyundai I10 car was strewn with newspapers. Not only this, the three had a number of liquor bottles and plastic glasses stocked up in their car.
The Delhi Police has provided Khushboo with police protection and kept her at an unknown location.
The police said Mandeep was angry with his sister because, just like the third victim Shubha, she too wanted to become a model.
According to the police, Mandeep came to know that Khushboo used to go to pubs and discotheques and he allegedly wanted to kill her to salvage his “family honour”.
According to the police, initial investigations reveal that Mandeep is the alleged mastermind of the murders.
However, even after 24-hours of their arrest by the Ghaziabad Police, the Delhi Police failed to seek custody of the accused. The three were later sent to Dasna Jail, Ghaziabad for judicial custody.
“The Delhi Police did not take them on transit-remand, so we produced them before a judicial magistrate on Friday. We have also registered a case against them at Garh police station,” said Raghubir Lal, the Senior Superintendent of Police.
The three youths have been booked under Section 41 (any police officer may without an order from a magistrate and without a warrant, arrest any person) of CrPC and Section 414 (assisting in concealment of stolen property) of the Indian Penal Code on Friday.
The Delhi Police said they would seek the custody of the accused from Dasna jail on Saturday and would produce them in Rohini court on Saturday. A Delhi court has issued production warrants against the three.
Meanwhile, the police said that three accused arrested in the honour killing cases have reportedly named a fourth person who helped them in disposing the weapon of offence.
The Delhi as well as the Ghaziabad police is on the lookout for Shanky Singh, the alleged fourth accused in the case.