The Delhi police on Friday arrested national kabaddi player Rohit Kumar from Navy Nagar in south Mumbai and gained his transit remand until Sunday from the Esplanade court, confirmed deputy commissioner of police Vijay Kumar, west zone, Delhi police.
Rohit was arrested on abetment to suicide charges of the Indian Penal Code after his wife, Lalita, committed suicide.
The 26-year-old player was in Mumbai when she hanged herself from a ceiling fan in her Nangaloi apartment in west Delhi around 7.30 pm on Monday. Lalita, who married Rohit in March, has been residing in Nangaloi ever since she left him, said the police.
She left behind a suicide note and a two-and-a-half-hour-long voice message alleging that her in-laws harassed her, said the police.
Rohit and his family, who live in outer Delhi, have ever since been evading the law, and have failed to appear before investigators.
The police said that on Tuesday, the Nangaloi station officials formed two teams to locate and book the accused. However, during investigation, the team found that the mobile phones of Rohit’s family members were switched off, and their Kanjhawala residence was locked.
A case of dowry death and subjecting a woman to cruelty by her husband and in-laws with a common intention has been registered against Rohit and his family. The police registered an FIR after they recovered the suicide note and voice messages Lalita left behind. Both the note and the audio clips allegedly accused Rohit and his family of torturing her for dowry and a share in her father’s property.