Patna: Selfie with friend led to murder of Indore girl

  • Mukesh K Mishra, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2016 17:05 IST

Indore girl Shristi Jain who was gruesomely shot dead by her boyfriend in Patna last week might have been alive but for a selfie.

Rajnish Kumar Singh, identified as the man who killed her, saw a picture of her with a new friend, Suresh K Reddy, and suspecting her of infidelity, shot her.

That is the version of the Patna police interrogating Singh after his arrest on Tuesday.

Indore-based Shristi, who worked for a stock broking company in Delhi, was shot dead in the Mithapur locality under Jakkanpur police station of Patna on January 25 morning while she was returning home. The accused was arrested from the Postal park area under Kankarbagh police station.

“During interrogation, Rajnish confessed to his involvement in the murder of Shristi. He told the police that he killed Shristi after he saw her selfie with Reddy. He lost his temper and threatened to kill her at the hotel where she had stayed,” Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj said.

“Their friendship had started through a matrimonial site. Rajnish had invited Shristi to Patna to formalise the marriage proposal and meet his family. He arranged a hotel for her and even gave a flight ticket to her to come to Patna from New Delhi. He bore the cost of Shristi for her stay when she reached Patna,” he added.

“However, one day, Rajnish saw several photographs of her with Reddy after which he lost control. A heated argument had also taken place among them at International Mani Hotel while she was planning to leave Patna for Indore,” the SSP said.

According to the police, Shristi had made a new friend, Suresh K Reddy of Bengaluru. She visited shopping malls with him and took pictures on her mobile phone. Reddy purchased a new cell phone for her. On the basis of Shristi’s cell phone call details, police detained Reddy for interrogation but did not find anything incriminating. Reddy left for Bengaluru after he was released.

ASP (Sadar) PK Mandal said the licensed firearm used in the incident and the motorcycle used by the accused were still missing. The police suspect both items could have been dumped in the Ganga.

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