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Woman stabbed: Jilted ‘lover’ had wielded knife earlier too, say police

Adil, an unemployed man with four cases of vehicle thefts against him, allegedly began stalking and harassing Riya the day she asked him to stay away from her.

delhi Updated: Jul 11, 2017 11:44 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times
Riya Gautam, who was stabbed to death in east Delhi's Shahdara .
Riya Gautam, who was stabbed to death in east Delhi's Shahdara .

On Wednesday evening, when Mohammad Adil repeatedly stabbed 21-year-old Riya Gautam outside her home in east Delhi, it was not the first time he had wielded a knife.

Months earlier, Adil had pulled out a knife to “profess his love” to Riya near a mall in east Delhi, investigators said. The duo was on talking terms then and Adil was keen that Riya accepted him as her lover.

“He told Riya he could even die for her. To prove that, he stabbed himself in his abdomen using a knife he was carrying with him,” said an investigator. Adil has been on the run since Wednesday’s incident.

But the injury inflicted on him, the investigator added, was “superficial”. Neither did the violent incident reach the police, nor did Adil seek medical aid. Riya’s response to that act remains unknown, but she may never have imagined that Adil would use the knife on her too one day.

Adil sometimes served as a helper on his uncle’s Eeco van that served as a cab. But he also stole motorcycles. There are four cases of bike thefts against Adil since last year. He had been arrested twice, his second prison term coming to an end early this year.

The police’s probe so far has revealed that Riya was aware of Adil’s criminal past and wanted him to come clean on it. Call detail records of the accused and the victim have suggested that the two were on talking terms for over two years and police suspect that their relationship was romantic for some parts of it.

While Adil had allegedly been threatening and even assaulted Riya earlier this year, compelling her to seek police action, their meeting on Wednesday was a mutual and conscious decision, police said.

What triggered the brutal knife attack that cost Riya her life will be known once Adil is arrested. But Adil was clear about what to do after the attack. He did not go home. Instead, he called his stepfather and mother one by one over the phone.

“He requested his stepfather to hide his mother and younger brother from the police. He then called his mother and told her do exactly as her husband asked her to,” said an investigator.

His mother and brother were tracked down by the police quickly, but their interrogation has not helped the cops much. Multiple teams have been conducting raids in three different states where Adil is suspected of hiding.