The Kalamboli police on Wednesday arrested Lalit Sharma (32), a divorcee, on charges of murdering his lover of five years, Jyoti Tripathi (22), on Monday and then trying to project it as a suicide case.
Tripathi, who worked at Oberoi Finance in CBD Belapur, and Sharma, a transporter, were neighbours, staying at KL6 apartment in Sector 1 of Kalamboli.
“On Monday, Sharma had gone to the house of one of his employees, Abdulla Khan (30), who is also his neighbour, for a birthday party. Tripathi, did not approve of it, as Abdulla has two sisters and she was suspicious of Sharma. She went to the party and insisted that Sharma leave with her to receive her father, Radheshyam, who was arriving at Kalyan station from Nashik, said S.K. Dubbal, senior inspector, Kalamboli police statio.
“When Sharma asked her to wait for sometime, Tripathi got furious and pulled his collar and assaulted him. She then left the party,” said Dubbal.
In his version to the police, Sharma said he had left the party to go to Kalyan station.
When he reached Tripathi’s flat with Radheshyam, he entered the house from the kitchen window.
He said then he opened the main door and told Radheshyam that Tripathi had hanged herself from the ceiling fan by using her dupatta. He said he had put her on the bed before opening the door, added Dubbal.
The police, however, rubbished Sharma's story.
“It seems that Sharma went to Tripathi’s house from the party, killed her and then went to Kalyan station to show that nothing had happened.”
“He should normally have rushed to the main door on seeing Tripathi hanging. No one except Sharma saw her hanging. The fan is intact and surprisingly the dupatta is torn. We tried tearing it by pulling it, but it didn’t,” said Dubbal.
“The post mortem report said death was caused by compression of the neck. We think an iron cable was used to strangulate her” said Dubbal.
The police are investigating if anybody else was involved in the murder.