It was a frantic phone call from Assam by the sister of Sonam, one of the deceased, to her former boyfriend Rohit (name changed) that gave police the first breakthrough in the murders of Sonam and her roommate Nayesha.
Their bodies were recovered within a distance of 100 metres in south Delhi’s Munirka on November 18 and 25, but remained unidentified and unconnected till November 27. That was the day Sonam’s former boyfriend paid a second visit to the mortuary and identified her with the two tattoos on her body.
His first visit was on November 19, a day after the first body was found dumped near Baba Gang Nath temple. Rohit could not identify the body. It was not Sonam, he had said.
On November 18, Sonam’s sister called Rohit, asking him to visit Sonam’s flat and check on her because her mobile phone was switched off since the night of November 16.
“On November 27 Rohit approached us again and enquired about Sonam. As a second body was recovered by then, we took him to the mortuary. He claimed it was his former girlfriend,” said a senior investigating officer.
Rohit took the police to Sonam’s flat. She shared the place with another woman, Nayesha, who was also missing for over a week, police learnt.
As investigators searched for Sonam’s roommate, one Pooja (name changed) approached them saying Nayesha was missing. She was shown the body recovered on November 18 and she identified it as Nayesha.
“Our next task was to identify their killers and arrest them,” the officer said.
Investigators prepared a list of people who frequently called Sonam and Nayesha. They zeroed in on Arjun, Neha, Govind and Jeevan, whose mobile numbers were switched off. They were missing as well.
“The last call location of Arjun was traced near Indo-Nepal border. The call was made to Neha. Using her mobile’s last location, we traced Neha to a guest house in south Delhi. On questioning her, Jeevan was caught near Anand Vihar bus terminal. He was planning to flee to Nepal,” the officer added.
Neha and Jeevan revealed that Arjun planned the murders. He was annoyed with Sonam and Nayesha because they demanded Rs 600,000 from him. Despite being in a live-in relationship with Neha, Arjun had secretly married Sonam to avoid her demands for money.
But as he continued maintaining his live-in relationship, Sonam became jealous of Neha. She sent Neha photos of her wedding with Arjun. Enraged, Arjun and Neha killed Sonam with the help of Govind and Jeevan.
They dumped Sonam’s headless body in a sewer of a building where Arjun lived a year ago.
WHEN BODIES WERE DISCOVERED
November 18: Passerby spots Nayesha’s mutilated body near Munirka’s Baba Gang Nath temple in a plastic bag Behind the Munirka double murders was a complex web of relationships gone sour, debts and lies.
November 25: Headless body of woman pulled out of a Munirka building sewer. Identified as Sonam. Head still missing