After murdering her alleged exploiter, retired health ministry official Vijay Kumar (64), the 25-year-old woman returned home and wrote a confession in Hindi in her diary, “… maine usko maar diya… shayad ab praja khush hogi ya nahi pata nahi (I killed him, don’t know if people will be happy or not).”
Police said the woman confessed to having written these lines, apparently with a shaky hand, after killing Kumar. She said ‘usko’ (him) referred to Kumar.
Though the sentences are incoherent, they will be used as evidence against the woman, cops said. The note will be sent to a forensic lab to match her handwriting.
The woman, a civil services aspirant, was identified using footage from the CCTV camera installed at the gates of Samachar Apartments. The video showed her leaving the building with an LED TV. She was arrested on Friday night
A police officer privy to the investigation told HT that the woman’s husband, a government employee, was present when she was arrested.
The police zeroed in on the suspect using Kumar’s call records. “We examined numbers.., saved with names or left unnamed. All such (suspicious) numbers were called and one of them was found switched off. We took details of the phone number from its service provider and found that it was registered in a woman’s name and was de-activated in April 2016,” the officer said. One of the numbers in his contact list was saved in the name of the woman’s husband.
Kumar’s call records confirmed calls to and from that number before his murder, police said.
On questioning, the woman said she had called Kumar twice from the number a few days ago to request him to return the video clips he had allegedly used to blackmail and exploit her. A day before the crime, Kumar called her and asked her to visit his flat and collect the videos.
On reaching the flat, the woman became angry when she found out Kumar had called her to harass her again. She picked up a knife from his kitchen, stabbed him many times and left with the TV, said the officer.
The police are trying to identify two retired colleagues of Kumar’s who allegedly also exploited her.