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‘Big mistake’: Main suspect in doc’s murder told family, switched off phone

Police said Chandra Prakash Verma, the prime suspect in Mishra’s murder, sought forgiveness from his family members after telling them that he had committed a “big mistake”.

delhi Updated: May 03, 2019 09:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Delhi
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Another police officer, not authorised to talk to the media, said teams were dispatched to Uttar Pradesh after investigators found that Verma left Delhi after switching off his phone.(HT Photo)

The 29-year-old doctor, who went missing from his Delhi flat after the body of his flatmate, a woman doctor, was found in her room Tuesday night, last spoke to his family that very night before his cellphone got switched off in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar, a police source said.

The woman, Dr Garima Mishra, 25, was found dead with multiple stab wounds at the rented apartment by her cousin, Shivendra Pandey, and landlord, Gautam Khurana, around 10.30pm Tuesday.

Pandey had come to check on her after she stopped answering phone calls.

Police said Chandra Prakash Verma, the prime suspect in Mishra’s murder, sought forgiveness from his family members after telling them that he had committed a “big mistake”. The family panicked when he refused to elaborate.

“When they insisted, Verma disconnected the call and switched off his phone around 10pm. The last call location was Mayur Vihar, somewhere near NH-24,” the officer said.

Deputy commissioner of police (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said six teams, have been formed to probe the case and are camping in various cities of Uttar Pradesh to nab Verma, who they suspect murdered Mishra by allegedly slitting her throat following an altercation.

The teams have been conducting searches in Lucknow, Varanasi, his hometown Bahraich, Agra, and Kanpur.

Another police officer, not authorised to talk to the media, said teams were dispatched to Uttar Pradesh after investigators found that Verma left Delhi after switching off his phone. Police believe that he boarded a bus from Anand Vihar or Ghazipur area.

Investigators have collected the CCTV footage from the areas around Anand Vihar interstate bus terminal and Ghazipur and Kaushambi in Uttar Pradesh, from where people board buses to other parts of Uttar Pradesh. The footage is being analysed for clues about Verma.

“Verma’s photograph is being shown to bus operators, drivers, helpers and local street vendors to ascertain if he was seen in any of these areas,” another officer said.

Police said Verma’s roommate Rakesh Yadav, also a doctor, has been assisting them in their probe. He accompanied the police teams to Verma’s possible hideouts. Yadav’s questioning, however, did not yield anything substantial that could help the police understand the motive behind Mishra’s murder. “Yadav claims that he did not know much about Verma and Mishra’s friendship, although he was their colleague at the hospital in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh where all three of them were interning,” the officer said.

Police said Verma left the flat around 8.45pm, around the same time that Mishra is estimated to have been killed. After his cellphone was unreachable, the police started treating him as the prime suspect.

First Published: May 03, 2019 08:56 IST