Four family members of 23-year-old Naveen Khatri, suspect in the murder of his girlfriend and DU student Arzoo Singh Chauhan, were arrested on Friday for destructing evidence in the case.
Khatri’s father Rajkumar, uncle Krishan Kumar, brother Sandeep and cousin Navin were booked for harbouring the offender as well, a week after Khatri was arrested.
The four men were arrested from their house and produced in the court, where they were granted bail.
“Naveen (Khatri) told his father that he killed her near southwest Delhi’s Nangal Dewat and then kept the body in his car’s boot. He lied that he dumped the body at a forest near Gurgaon-Faridabad highway. After the confession, Rajkumar called a meeting (of the five men) and they decided to first destroy all evidence,” police sources said.
The men got the car in which the body was transported cleaned and decided to send Naveen to Goa. Sandeep booked a ticket for Naveen to fly to Goa on February 5, said police.
“On the morning of February 5, Naveen told his father about the body being in the house. It was then that they panicked. They called for another meeting and decided to dispose the body in a nearby jungle using acid after nightfall,” sources said.
But before they could execute the plan, the police reached their house and discovered the body.
The day Khatri was arrested, his father, brother and cousin were detained for questioning. But police said they tried misleading the police.
Arzoo’s semi-decomposed body was recovered from the ventilation shaft of Khatri’s four-storey home at Rajpura near Model Town on the northwestern parts of the Capital on February 7.
The 23-year-old, final-year Hindi honours student of Laxmibai College, was abducted on February 2 from outside the institution allegedly by her boyfriend from the same neighbourhood.
He allegedly strangled her with a dupatta inside the car.