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Delhi Police issues lookout circular against husband of air hostess who committed ‘suicide’

Anissia Batra allegedly jumped from the terrace her house on Friday. Her husband Mayank Singhvi rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was declared brought dead. He has been absconding since then.

delhi Updated: Jul 16, 2018 17:14 IST
Air hostess Anissia Batra died after falling from terrace of her apartment in south Delhi.(Photo: Facebook)

The Delhi Police on Monday issued a lookout circular against the husband of an air hostess who allegedly committed suicide in south Delhi’s Panchsheel Park on Friday.

Anissia Batra (39) who worked with German airline Lufthansa, allegedly jumped from the terrace her house on Friday. Her husband Mayank Singhvi rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was declared brought dead. He has been absconding since then.

“A notice has been issued to her husband, his parents and other witnesses to join the investigation,” a senior police officer said.

Her family has alleged that she was harassed for dowry.

Police said a board of doctors would conduct a second autopsy on Monday which would be videographed. The officer said Singhvi’s BMW car, her diamond ring and their mobile phones have been seized.

A forensic team has been called to reconstruct the scene of crime, he added. Police have also sought the details of the deceased and her husband’s bank accounts and they will be sealed.

Romil Baaniya, deputy commissioner of police (south), said a case under Indian Penal Code section 304B (dowry death) has been registered at Hauz Khas police station, but the accused were yet to be arrested.

Though Anissia’s family members claimed that she was murdered, the DCP said that messages sent by her to her husband’s mobile phone, moments before her death, indicated that it wasn’t so.

Before jumping off the terrace, Anissia had sent a message to her husband that she would kill herself, police said.

Her husband, a software engineer in Gurgaon, told police that they had regular fights as there were “compatibility issues”.

They had an argument on Friday as well, following which Anissia jumped from the terrace, police said.

Anissia, the daughter of a retired Indian Army Major General, had been married for over two years and used to live with her husband in one of the two houses owned by Singhvi’s family in Panchsheel Park neighbourhood, the DCP said.

Anissia’s brother Karan Batra alleged that she was regularly abused and beaten by her husband as well as her in-laws. “Singhvi would hit my mother too. Sometimes, my sister would be left locked out of her home,” alleged Batra.

Batra said last month his father had visited the Hauz Khas police station and submitted a letter saying Singhvi should be held responsible if Anissia was harmed in any way.

“Singhvi told us that around 4.30pm on Friday, he received a message from his wife who informed him that she was going to jump to her death. He claimed to have run upstairs to check, but found the terrace door locked from the outside,” said the DCP.

“Singhvi then used a window to stick his hand out and unlock the door. He, however, couldn’t find his wife on the terrace. He then ran downstairs where a labourer told him that a woman had just jumped down,” said the DCP.

Anissia’s parents told the police that she was being harassed by her husband and in-laws for dowry. “The police considered registering a case of dowry death, but my sister was murdered. She was pushed off the terrace, but the police is choosing to believe only Singhvi’s version,” alleged Karan Batra.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Jul 16, 2018 17:14 IST