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Killer of Uzbek women was a tough nut to crack, misled cops

Gagan (40), the man who allegedly murdered 22-year-old belly dancer Shakhnoza Shukurova and then her friend Naaz in a similar fashion, is said to have been craftily withholding information and misleading police.

delhi Updated: Nov 21, 2015 01:02 IST
Ananya Bhardwaj
Uzbekistani women murdered
Uzbekistani national Naaz, who was murdered by Gagan.(HT Photo)

Gagan (40), the man who allegedly murdered 22-year-old belly dancer Shakhnoza Shukurova and then her friend Naaz in a similar fashion, is said to have been craftily withholding information and misleading police.

“He has a lot to tell. He just waits for the right time. There is a lot more to this case. He is very tough,” a source said. For five days during interrogation, Gagan did not divulge any information about Naaz’s killing and let the police believe that she is absconding. It was only during a tough round of questioning that Gagan revealed that he got Naaz drunk and then murdered her. He then stuffed her body in a suitcase, drove it to Hapur and then set it afire in a field on November 5 as she was the only witness in Shakhnoza’s murder and “very easy to break”. He feared that once questioned she would easily break down and divulge all facts.

Once the police started to enquire about Naaz, Gagan reportedly planned to eliminate her and let the police believe that she is absconding. On the night of November 5, he called Naaz over on the pretext of having a party and discussing a business deal. He then served her hard liquor and even mixed some drug in her drinks. He waited for her to get completely drunk and after she was semi conscious, he asked her to come with him for a drive. The duo then hit the highway and drove towards UP.

“Gagan took her for a drive and allegedly killed her on the way. He then stuffed Naaz’s body in a suitcase in the same fashion as he did with Shakhnoza to dispose of her body, and then set it on fire in a field near Sambhavali. He waited for the body to at least burn partially so that it is not recognisable and then left the place,” a police source said.

Gagan then reportedly got his car to Khirki Extension in Malviya Nagar and consumed beer. To get rid of the car till the investigation in the matter is on, he parked it at one spot in a crowded lane and told the neighbours that he is going out of station and will take it once he returns. “We recovered the car from Malviya Nagar in which mobile parts, a bottle of beer and some clothes were recovered. It appears that Gagan broke his phone, damaged the SIM and the IEMI number on the phone so that his location on the night of September 24 and November 5 could not be traced,” police said.

Sources said, Gagan even told the police that he did not intend to kill Shakhnoza and had called her to sort out issues between her and Naaz. He told the police that he had just gagged Shakhnoza and she died accidentally. “He initially maintained that he was trying to convince Shakhnoza to return Naaz’s passport that she had kept with her as security deposit and would not return it until Naaz gave her Rs 8 lakh that she owed her. However, Naaz wanted to go back to Uzbekistan to see her parents and Shakhnoza was not giving her the passport. He said that he had just gagged Shakhnoza but she died accidentally but later admitted that they called her with an intention to eliminate her,” police said.