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Belgian official stabbed to death

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 00:56 IST
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THE PERSONAL secretary of the Belgian ambassador to India was allegedly stabbed to death by her driver at her Vasant Vihar residence on Saturday night. Police said the accused, Vijay Pal Choudhary, was arrested on Sunday and had confessed to the murder.

Isabelle Dessoy, 47, had been in India for the past three years and was on contract with the Belgian foreign ministry. Embassy officials said she was not a diplomat. Choudhary, 36, said he stabbed Dessoy after she dismissed him from service on Saturday.

Dessoy, who had separated from her husband, was living with her son Donatin, 14. "Choudhary was very close to Dessoy. He would always accompany her," said Ravindra Yadav, DCP (southwest). Choudhary was her personal driver and not an employee of the embassy.

Police said Choudhary and Dessoy went to a five-star hotel for a swim and lunch on Saturday. Later, around 7.30 p.m., they went to Greater Kailash for dinner. On the way, Dessoy objected to Choudhary's rash driving and took an autorickshaw home.

At the apartment, Dessoy told him that he had been dismissed from service and a fight ensued. Police said Choudhary grabbed a knife from the kitchen and repeatedly stabbed her. A wounded Dessoy managed to call her son, who had gone shopping to Basant Lok, and some officials. 

But help arrived late. Dessoy was declared brought dead at Safdarjung hospital. There were 22 wounds on her body.