With the arrest of a jilted lover and his two friends late on Monday night, Kasrawad police (Khargone) claimed to have solved the bizarre killing of a girl student on Monday evening.
Darshana Verma, 16, a class 10 student, was shot dead by Sonu alias Ashique for spurning the latter’s love at in full public view at Kasrawad hamlet of Khargone district, about 45-kilometre north of district headquarters on Monday evening when the victim was returning home after attending coaching classes.
During the interrogation, accused Sonu alias Ashique confessed his crime and said one-sided love affair and rejection of his marriage proposal forced him to eliminate the victim with the help of two of his friends.
The accused were arrested from Indore, Sanawad road, while they were fleeing towards Indore. The other two friends were identified as Bunty and Lucky alias Shubham Gupta, both from Khargone and aged between 22 and 30.
Sonu who is unemployed added that he knew Darshana and her family members for past two years and even he used to visit her resident.
He said that couple of months back, he had proposed Darshana and put marriage proposal in front of her family, but her family members insulted him and rejected his proposal. Even, they stopped him entering their resident and this prompted him to take revenge.
Narrating the entire incident and plan, Sonu said the he and his two friends - Bunty and Lucky - first decided to deface Darshana by throwing acid on her face. However, after failing to get acid, Sonu purchased a revolver for `40,000 few days back and after keeping a weeklong watch on Darshana’s daily activities, the trio decided to eliminate her. On Monday evening, they shot her dead in full public view while she was returning to her home after attending coaching classes.
After the incident, trio fled towards Indore taking advantage of chaos.
Meanwhile, Kasrawad police alerted nearby police station and also barricaded all the roads. Police team led by SDOP Mandleshwar arrested the three accused on the basis of their mobile phone location within eight hours after incident.