A Pakistani citizen was arrested by the Ulhasnagar police for killing his girlfriend on Monday night. The accused, Suraj Prem Seeju, 22, was produced in court on Saturday.
According to the police, the woman, Vandana Dipak Jagtap, 26, had left her husband long ago and had been staying with Suraj at Maharal in Ulhasnagar for the past few years. Suraj works as an autorickshaw driver in Ulhasnagar. He moved here from Pakistan three years ago seeking employment.
Vandana was diagnosed with HIV a few years ago. She subsequently infected Suraj. “Suraj did not know about Vandana’s HIV-positive status. Once he found out that he had contracted the disease, he fought with her frequently,” said Shakil Shaikh, senior inspector, Ulhasnagar police station.
A few months earlier, Suraj found out that Vandana was married, and the fights between the couple escalated, he added. “Vandana’s husband knew that his wife had been staying with Suraj, but never objected. The couple had a son and a daughter, both younger than 10,” he said.
As Suraj’s visa was slated to expire on March 1, he planned to murder Vandana and then flee back to Pakistan, said Shaikh.
Between 9 pm and 9.45 pm on Monday, Suraj called Vandana on her mobile phone and asked her to come to Gol Maidan. There, he slit her throat with a knife and then fled. He told us that there were no witnesses,” said Shaikh.
The police have recovered the weapon.
The police received a tip-off that Suraj would arrive at Shantinagar in Ulhasnagar on Saturday morning. They laid a trap and caught him.
“Suraj confessed. He told the police that he hails from Pakistan, while his parents and two sisters moved to Ulhasnagar. The rest of his family lives in Pakistan. One of his sisters is married while the other one is still in school. His mother is a housewife and his father works as a driver for a private bus firm,” said Shaikh. “We checked Suraj’s passport and other documents and can confirm that he is a Pakistani citizen,” he added.
He was arrested under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The police said more charges will be framed against him after they have finished investigating.