Cops close to solving Mizo girl’s death; friend remains suspect

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2014 23:56 IST

The Delhi Police on Sunday said they were a step closer to solving the mystery behind the death of Juliet Zonunmawi, the BPO worker from Mizoram who was allegedly murdered in south Delhi last week.

Zonunmawi, 27, worked at a Gurgaon-based call centre and had been living in Delhi for five years. She was allegedly stabbed at her rented accommodation in Munirka village on Thursday evening.

Police sources said they were inching towards their first and ‘only arrest necessary in the case’. “We are waiting for Juliet’s post-mortem report. Her friend,
Virendra Singh, has joined investigation, but he remains our primary suspect,” said a senior police officer.

“Singh has been changing his version of the events. Circumstantial evidence too points to the fact that he killed Zonunmawi. We just need the post-mortem report and the opinion of a panel of doctors to dispel some doubts,” the officer added.

According to police sources, the victim was last seen with Singh around 9pm that evening. Eyewitnesses said Singh rushed to neighbouring flats around 10pm on Thursday, after an evening of partying with friends, and told them that an inebriated Zonunmawi had stabbed herself.

“The neighbours then called the house owners, who informed the police,” said a police officer.

She was declared dead on arrival at the Safdurjung Hospital around 11pm.

The police have registered a case of murder but aren’t sure of the sequence of events that culminated in her death.

Police sources suspect Singh — a resident of Haldwani in Uttarakhand — murdered the woman and cooked up a story to mislead the police.

“When officers reached the spot, they saw blood-ridden footprints on the flat’s entrance and on the stairs. They also recovered a knife with blood stains on it,” added the officer.

The police officials are also probing Singh’s background and any history of criminal activity.

Zonunmawi’s body has already been handed over to her family for her final rites.

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