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The inside story of how Army Major accused of killing fellow officer’s wife was caught

Delhi Police scanned 200 CCTV cameras and checked nearly 500 guest houses in less than 20 hours to trace Army Major Nikhil Rai Handa and arrest him from Meerut

delhi Updated: Jun 25, 2018 11:41 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Army major,Nikhil Rai Handa,Army Base hospital
An Indian Army major identified as Nikhil Rai Handa was arrested in Meerut on Sunday in connection with the murder of a 35-year-old woman, who was the wife of another officer, in Delhi on Saturday.

Delhi Police scanned around 200 CCTV cameras and checked nearly 500 guest houses in Meerut in less than 20 hours to zero in on the location of Indian Army major Nikhil Rai Handa and arrest him from Meerut Cantonment on Sunday morning.

The footage from two CCTVs showing the Honda City car, which Handa had used in the murder of Shailza Dwivedi, wife of Army major Amit Dwivedi, gave police their first clue .

Though the car’s registration number was not visible in the footage, further scanning of almost 100 cameras on routes between the two spot — Army Base hospital and Handa’s parental home in Saket — helped police establish his role in the murder.

Major nabbed for murder
An Indian Army Major was on Sunday held from Meerut for his alleged involvement in the murder of a fellow officer’s wife

Source: Details shared by Delhi Police
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SATURDAY, 8 AM: Shailza Dwivedi and Nikhil Rai Handa, an Indian Army Major, have a telephonic conversation. They decide to meet at Army Base hospital where Handa’s one-and-half-year-old son is admitted. Shailza has been going to the hospital for physiotherapy.
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11.30AM: The duo meet outside the hospital. Shailza sits in Handa’s car and they drive to Delhi Cantonment.
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1PM: The duo has an altercation that turns ugly. Handa whips out a knife and slits Shailza’s throat. He stops the car. Shailza gets out on the road, bleeding and starts to walk away.
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1.30PM: Handa hits Shailza with the car. She falls on the road. Handa then runs her over with the vehicle and flees from the spot.
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BETWEEN 1.30 & 5.30 PM: A passerby informs the police about a woman’s body lying in Delhi Cantt.
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AROUND 4.30 PM: Shailza’s husband Major Amit Dwivedi approaches police and files his wife’s missing complaint.
Illustration: ANIMESH DEBNATH | Graphics: HITESH MATHUR

Both Handa and his car were missing when police reached his home. His family members claimed that they were unaware of his whereabouts. Police examined the call records of Handa’s mobile that confirmed his presence near the crime scene. “We questioned Handa’s family members and learnt that he was earlier posted in the military engineering wing. His brother said he could have gone to Meerut. We searched 500 Army as well as private guest houses. Handa was caught him while he was trying to flee,” said a police officer.

During interrogation, Handa revealed that he wanted to get rid of Shailza because she allegedly had become ‘obsessed’ with him. However, police claimed that Handa was obsessed with Shailza. Speaking to HT, Shailza’s brother, a criminal lawyer in Amritsar, denied that his sister was having a “affair”. He claimed that Handa had mistook his sister’s “friendly behaviour” as a signal that she too had developed a ‘liking’ for him.

First Published: Jun 25, 2018 10:01 IST