For two months the family of 23-year-old Shazia Urus from Betia were clueless about her whereabouts. This girl from a small village in Bihar had come to Delhi with dreams of making a mark in the aviation industry.
On Tuesday, the Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested Raj Rani, her son, Lalit Sharma, and nephew, Narendra Sharma, for the murder of Shazia Urus.
Urus, who reportedly went missing on September 26, was staying in a rented accommodation in Nangloi, which was close to her aviation institute.
But after some time, she had an argument with her landlord and the police were called to solve the case.
Urus came in contact with Sub Inspector Rajender Sharma (50), who was the investigating officer in her case.
He was posted at the local police station. Raj Rani is his wife.
Police said after her first meeting with S-I Sharma, Urus got friendly with him. Sharma had reportedly promised to get her a job with the Delhi Police and even made her fill some forms. His wife didn't like the association between the two and had reportedly had an argument with Urus.
Shams Tanveer Ahmed, Urus's elder brother, said, "After the first meeting, Sharma kept calling my sister on some pretext or the other. In September when his wife came to know about it, she went to Urus' house and abused her."
After grilling the three accused, the police were able to form a sequence of events that led to Urus's death.
The victim's brother said, "As part of a pre-planned conspiracy, Sharma's wife asked the landlord to throw Urus out of the house. Her nephew Narendra then persuaded my sister to stay at a paying guest (PG) accommodation in Rohini."
Police said then one day Sharma's family came Urus's PG and apologised to her. They then asked her to join them on a trip to Rajasthan.
"We suspect that Urus was killed in Rohini and her body was later dumped in Rajasthan to mislead the police," Ahmed alleged.
Police believed that the three accused first strangled the victim and then burnt her corpse before throwing it at a desolate place.
"The last time we spoke to her was on September 20 on Id-ul-fitr. After that we could not trace her. Her phone was switched off,” her brother said.
“We did not know she had been murdered till 15 days ago when the police informed us."
The family claimed that only after they met the Commission of Police that the case was transferred to the Special Cell a fortnight ago.
The police then checked the call details of Urus's phone and zeroed in on Sharma.
"We grilled the policeman and, on the leads provided by him, found his family guilty," said a senior police office.
Sharma has been transferred to the security wing of the Delhi Police and they were still ascertaining his role in the crime.