Delhi: Man killed partner, wrote fake letter in her name to evade cops for 8 yrs
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Delhi: Man killed partner, wrote fake letter in her name to evade cops for 8 yrs

Eight years after a man allegedly killed his live-in partner and dumped her body after crushing her face in southwest Delhi’s Najafgarh, Delhi Police on Thursday arrested him and his friend who helped him in the crime.

delhi Updated: Apr 14, 2017 13:32 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
HIndustan Times
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Delhi Police arrested the accused, Rinku (in green shirt) on Thursday.(Handout)

For more than eight years, they thought their daughter was living a happy life after marrying a lawyer’s son. Believing she did not want them around, they settled for not knowing her whereabouts.

It was only on Thursday that they realised Aarti was not in a safe bliss but dead.

Aarti was allegedly killed by her live-in partner in 2008 and her face crushed to avoid recognition. Though Delhi Police had found her body from the bushes near a ply factory on Surakhpur Road in Najafgarh of southwest Delhi, it could never be identified. The police declared the case as unsolved in 2010 as both the victim and the accused were unknown.

But a breakthrough came on Wednesday when the police arrested a man named Rahul (30) after receiving a tipoff that he could be involved in dumping a body in Najafgarh in 2008. His interrogation led to Bijender alias Rinku (28) who told the police that he had allegedly strangled Aarti in a fit of rage on September 23, 2008. Rahul had allegedly helped him carry out the crime.

“For the last eight years, it remained a blind case as neither the body had been identified nor the accused. It was only after we received information about Rahul’s involvement in dumping a dead body in Najafgarh that the mystery unraveled,” a senior police officer said.

Aarti and Rinku had started living together in 2006 but the relationship eventually ran into rough weather. The day Aarti went missing, Rinku went to her parents and told them that she had left his house with another man.

Rinku allegedly had it planned.

Police said he had forced her to sign on a blank sheet of paper, which he used later to write a fake letter to her parents informing them that she got married to a lawyer’s son.

“Rinku had asked her parents to lodge a police complaint. He accompanied them to file a missing report in the Sultanpuri police station. The policeman asked them to bring Aarti’s photo but since they did not have it, they did not file a complaint,” said police. “After the murder, Rinku sold his Sultanpuri home and started living in Aman Vihar. In 2009, he got married to another woman but used to introduce her as Aarti,” an investigator said.

In the purported letter, Aarti had requested her parents not to contact her as she did not want any interference in her married life. After receiving the letter, her family members thought she was living a better life and did not try to contact her, said police.

After Aarti left, her father remained in trauma and developed health issues. He died in 2014. “Her mother is living with her two brothers in Sultanpuri and they were not aware about her murder,” said the officer.

First Published: Apr 13, 2017 22:59 IST