Delhi photographer’s murder: Victim denied relationship with girl, say cops
Police said 23-year-old Ankit Saxena may have denied courting the girl in an effort to save his lifeUpdated: Feb 04, 2018 10:55 IST
Minutes before he was murdered on a busy road in west Delhi, 23-year-old Ankit Saxena had reportedly denied being in a relationship with the woman whose family members had allegedly accosted and thrashed him before slitting his throat with a knife, the Delhi Police said after talking to eyewitnesses.
Investigators, however, said it could be that Saxena, a wedding photographer, denied the relationship in a last-ditch effort to save his life because he was being threatened with a knife.
A senior police officer said that probe has revealed that Saxena and the woman, identified only by her first name, Shehzadi, were in a relationship for the past two years. However, when confronted by the woman’s family on Friday, Saxena denied that he had anything to do with her, the officer said.
The woman’s parents, uncle and a minor brother had allegedly confronted the 23-year-old photographer and accused him of abducting the woman. Ankit’s parents had also reached the spot as the woman’s family members allegedly started thrashing him.
“When he was confronted about Shehzadi’s disappearance on the day of the crime, he told her family that he did not have any role in it and that he was not in a relationship with her in the first place. He may have done so because they were carrying a knife and he thought that was the only way to save his life,” said the officer.
Saxena and his parents insisted that both the families should head to the nearby police station to discuss the matter further. “The accused, however, were unrelenting and slit his throat with a sharp weapon in full public view,” the officer said.
The weapon used in the crime belonged to Shehzadi’s father and who used to work as a butcher, the police said. While the accused have told the police that they killed Ankit in a fit of rage, investigators are verifying these claims. “We suspect when they left home, they had decided to kill Ankit,” the officer said.
DCP (west) Vijay Kumar said that all the three adult accused have been sent to judicial custody as the case did not require their custodial interrogation.
The woman has been sent to a Nari Niketan and her statement would be recorded shortly. She had earlier said that she and Saxena wanted to marry each other.
Meanwhile, there was a heavy police presence in the market located near the spot where Saxena was attacked as an uneasy calm prevailed in the locality. The markets remained opened on Saturday but neighbours of the woman as well as Saxena said they felt unsafe since the incident.
“It is good that the police are camped in the area. This gives us some assurance. Otherwise, the manner in which the man was killed has gripped us locals in fear,” said Asha Kaur, a 68-year-old housewife who lives close to where the woman’s family lived.