A 25-year-old woman allegedly killed retired health ministry official Vijay Kumar to end more than a year’s exploitation and blackmail, police said on Saturday, claiming to have cracked one of the most sensational murders in Delhi in recent times.
The body of Kumar, 64, was found in the bedroom of his apartment in Mayur Vihar on Wednesday without any clothes. It bore multiple stab wounds.
The accused, a civil services aspirant, was arrested on Friday night from her house in southwest Delhi’s Palam after police confirmed her presence at the crime scene based on CCTV footage and mobile call detail records.
The woman cannot be named for legal reasons.
Police quoted the woman, who entered into wedlock in January, as saying that she killed Kumar in anger and frustration as he had allegedly started blackmailing her with an “exploitation” video he had captured on his mobile phone.
Besides Kumar, who had allegedly exploited the woman seven times between October 2014 and February 2015 at his government-allotted flat in south Delhi’s Lodhi Colony, two of his friends had also joined him on a couple of occasions.
His friends were also retired health ministry officials.
Kumar was threatening to send the video to her husband and also circulate it in public through internet, she told police.
“The woman said that Kumar regularly called her to his flat and exploited her in the absence of his family members,” said deputy commissioner of police (east) Rishipal, who uses only his first name.
He was alone when he was murdered and his body was discovered by his daughter who works with a television channel. The woman used a kitchen knife to stab him more than ten times.
CCTV cameras fitted at the gated premises had caught the woman entering Kumar’s apartment in the morning and leaving two hours later with an LED TV, the only piece of item missing from his house.
The woman told police that she had removed the TV thinking the video clip was stored in it. Kumar had once shown her the video on the TV, she was quoted as saying.
She then dumped the TV in a drain in Najafgarh. “We are trying to trace the TV,” the police official said. Police are also trying to trace the video clip which allegedly led to the murder.
The woman also told police that it was the first time she had visited the Samachar Apartments where Kumar and his wife had shifted in March.
The woman told police she came in contact with Kumar in October 2014 as she wanted a job. Another women living with the accused at a PG accommodation in Mukherjee Nagar had introduced her to Kumar.
Kumar, who had introduced himself as Pradeep to the woman, had allegedly taken her original educational documents and assured her a job.
A native of Basti in Uttar Pradesh, the woman moved to Delhi a few years ago for higher studies. A graduate, she was preparing for the civil services exams.