A Delhi Police sub-inspector allegedly shot dead a 25-year-old woman with whom he was having an extra-marital affair before turning the gun on himself at a park in south-west Delhi’s Dwarka on Sunday morning.
Nikki Chauhan, a freelance crime reporter, died on the spot and Vijender Verma succumbed to his injuries at AIIMS in the evening.
Police said the couple had been in a relationship for more than three years. She had filed for divorce from her estranged husband and was pressuring Verma to divorce his wife who lived with their two children in Rajasthan. His parents, however, were against the idea, sources said.
On Sunday, the couple met at a DDA park in Dwarka’s Sector 4 and reportedly got into an argument during which Verma whipped out his service revolver and pumped three bullets in Chauhan’s chest and abdomen. He then shot himself twice in the stomach, police said.
“We received a call from a passerby who witnessed the entire incident. On reaching the spot, we found the couple lying in a pool of blood and rushed them to hospital.
Chauhan was declared dead on arrival. Verma underwent surgery but died in the evening,” a police officer said. “He had been mentally disturbed due to some family problems. He took frequent leaves and had been handed an official notice for the same,” he added.
Verma had a tumultuous relationship with both his wife and girlfriend. Police said his wife, whom he married in 2001, had filed a dowry harassment case against him in Haryana’s Jhajjar district. The SI then fell in love and moved in with Chauhan but kept his marital status a secret from her.
She eventually found out and approached the joint commissioner of police with a complaint of rape on pretext of marriage and insisted Verma be arrested. She, however, withdrew her complaint after he promised marry her.