Maan Singh, husband of 34-year-old Pinki Devi who was killed by a stalker at MG Road Metro station on Monday morning, entered the emergency ward of Gurgaon civil hospital, and glanced at his wife’s body. He then moved towards the accused, Jitender Kumar, 26, lying on a stretcher nearby.
“Kya kiya yeh tune. Samjhaya thaa tujhe ki dur rehna usse. Maar diya usko (What have you done? I told you to stay away from her. You have killed her now),” Singh cried out loud at Kumar. Unabashed, Kumar instead asked Singh what proof he had that he (Kumar) killed his wife?
Singh could have assaulted Kumar but police escorted him away to record his statement and asked him to complete the medical formalities. Singh said his wife knew Kumar as she often hired his autorickshaw to reach the metro station when she travelled to Rohini in Delhi where she worked at a beauty parlour.
“I came to know about Kumar about two months ago when he barged into our house at Sirhaul and started searching. When I enquired, he said he was looking for his family and threatened me,” Singh said.
Singh said that was the only instance when Kumar came to their house. After that incident, Devi often complained to Singh about harassment from Kumar. The couple, however, never lodged a police complaint.
“He threatened her on phone and sometimes called me too. He used to caution me that he would rob me of money and everything I had,” Singh, who works as an office assistant in Gurgaon, said.
Singh said he never suspected that things might take such an ugly turn.
Singh recalled that Devi was a person with a positive attitude and wanted to live a happy life with him. Singh was her second husband after she divorced from her first marriage.
Shocked at the way Kumar attacked his wife, Singh suspected he might be under influence of drugs. “He was a drunkard and often abused me over phone,” he said. The post-mortem examination report said there were 30 injuries on the victim form a sharp-edged weapon .
A police official close to the investigation said, primarily the matter seemed to be one of infatuation or a one-sided attraction but something could be confirmed only after recording statement of the accused, who was undergoing treatment at civil hospital. Police booked Kumar for murder under section 302 of the IPC.