Accused stalked DU girl, boyfriend’s father under police lens
Delhi Police, after its initial investigations in the killing of 23-year-old DU student Arzoo Singh Chauhan, believe that the girl’s boyfriend Naveen Khatri, his father Rajkumar and some other members of the family may be involved in the crime.delhi Updated: Feb 08, 2016 00:51 IST
Delhi Police, after its initial investigations in the killing of 23-year-old DU student Arzoo Singh Chauhan, believe that the girl’s boyfriend Naveen Khatri, his father Rajkumar and some other members of the family may be involved in the crime.
Investigators suspect that Khatri murdered Arzoo at his Rajpura home in northwest Delhi in the presence of his family members. Arzoo had been abducted from outside Laxmibai College on February 2.
The involvement of Khatri’s father Rajkumar, a property dealer, has not been ruled out by senior police officers who said that the man had gone missing ever since the arrest of his son and recovery of Arzoo’s body from the ventilation shaft of their Rajpura home.
The police said that Rajkumar had a criminal history and was serving a jail term for the murder of a neighbour that had taken place a few years ago. He was currently out on parole for his son’s wedding that took place on February 4.
“The accused has confessed that after abducting Arzoo, he took her to Nangal Dewat in southwest Delhi. They had an argument in the car following he strangulated her inside using her dupatta. The girl had apparently threatened to ruin Naveen’s wedding by telling his to-be wife about their relationship,” said an officer.
“We have found some inconsistencies in Khatri’s confession. He has claimed that he left Arzoo’s body for the entire night in his car’s boot and thrust it into the shaft from his first floor room around 5am the next morning. It is impossible for him to have heaved the body to the first floor without anyone noticing it. The house was full of wedding guests at that time,” the officer said.
The police are also trying to figure out why Khatri risked himself by transporting Arzoo’s body in his car after murdering her in Nangal Dewat area. “Instead of dumping the body at an isolated place, Khatri brought it to his house, which is baffling,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, Arzoo’s family members have told police that the girl entered into a relationship with Khatri after he stalked her from their colony to college and back for almost a year. Nobody in her family was aware of their relationship for at least one year and came to know about it only four months ago.
“I somehow convinced our family members to get them married. We contacted Khatri’s family and sought their consent, but they refused and said that my sister and Khatri should never meet. The two, however, continued meeting each other secretly,” said Payal, Arzoo’s elder sister.
Arzoo‘s family members claim that Khatri had visited their house in December and promised to marry her. “But a few days ago, we learnt that his marriage had been fixed with another girl from his cast. My sister was upset over his decision to marry another girl,” she said.