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Realtor befriended ex-IAF officer’s wife to murder, loot her

Meenu Jain was found dead at her house at the Air Force Naval Officers Enclave in Dwarka Sector 7 Friday morning. Her jewellery, some cash and two mobile phones were found missing. CCTV footage showed a man entering her house Thursday afternoon in a Swift Dzire.

delhi Updated: May 01, 2019 07:34 IST
Anvit Srivastava
Anvit Srivastava
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The woman’s husband, Vinod Kumar Jain, a commercial pilot for a domestic airline, was flying at the time of incident, police said. (HT Photo)

Dinesh Dixit, 56, a Jaipur-based realtor, had planned well to get away with murder. But his plans came to naught after he allegedly killed his 52-year-old friend Meenu Jain, the wife of a retired wing commander, whom he had first met five months ago through a mobile dating app.

Jain was found dead at her house at the Air Force Naval Officers Enclave in Dwarka Sector 7 Friday morning. Her jewellery, some cash and two mobile phones were found missing. CCTV footage showed a man entering her house Thursday afternoon in a Swift Dzire. Police later tracked Jain’s two phones to crack the case and arrest Dixit Monday.

To remain untracked, Dixit had bought two phones, got new SIM cards and had also arranged a fake number plate for his car before he entered Delhi on Thursday.

But while fleeing in his Swift Dzire with Jain’s valuables worth ₹50 lakh on Friday morning, he forgot to switch off Jain’s two cellphones — a mistake that led the police to him.

The Delhi police managed to track the IP address of the cellphone’s active internet connection. Dixit’s car was tracked to Gurugram and the CCTV cameras installed at a toll plaza on NH-8 showed Dixit fleeing towards Jaipur.

“Details of more than 20 Swift Dzire cars that had passed through the toll plaza were collected and their owners traced. Multiple raids were conducted and our teams managed to track down Dixit. The CCTV footage from Jain’s house were checked and Dixit’s presence at the apartment at the time of murder was established,” deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse, said.

During interrogation, Dixit admitted to having killed Jain for her cash and jewellery. Police raided Dixit’s house in Jaipur and recovered 95% of the loot.

“While narrating the sequence of events, he told us that on Thursday, he had reached the Delhi-Haryana border by 1pm. He then fixed the fake number plate on his car before heading to Jain’s house. He reached there by 2.15pm. The security guards called up Jain and she asked them to allow Dixit in,” an investigator, who did not wish to be identified, said.

The woman’s husband, Vinod Kumar Jain, a commercial pilot for a domestic airline, was flying at the time of incident, police said.

Dixit told police that he and Jain stayed at her house till 8pm. Later,they went to the nearby market.

“He said they bought vodka and returned home. The two then had dinner and drank till 2am. Around 2.30am, when Jain was almost inebriated, she went to sleep. That was when Dixit smothered her with a pillow,” the officer said.

Dixit told police that after ensuring that Jain was dead, he started searching for the keys to the safe. “Since he had visited Jain several times in the past, he knew where valuables and jewellery were kept. He opened the safe and collected the valuables over the next two hours. Around 4.30am, he drove out of the apartment and sped towards the NH-8,” he said.

Police have found that Dixit, who has different business interests like property dealing, dog breeding and betting, is married to two women. Both wives live in Jaipur. He has four children with one of them and one with the other. His father was a doctor.

“In 2015, Dixit was arrested in a land forgery case in Jaipur and remained in jail till 2017. He told us that he was also in touch with other women via the dating app, but Jain was his first target. He claims to have not met any other woman so far,” the police said.

Jain’s father, former IIT Delhi professor, said the family was unaware about Dixit’s friendship his daughter. “None of us had any idea and had never heard about Dinesh from her. It is shocking that my daughter was in such a trap..., we are thankful to the police for having traced the killer,” Garg said.

First Published: May 01, 2019 04:43 IST