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Youth who allegedly killed Delhi schoolgirl misled parents, cops for 12 hours

Delhi Police said Sathak Kapoor killed 17-year-old Shreya as he did not like her talking to other boys. After misleading the cops for 12 hours, Sarthak confessed his crime and led the police to Shreya’s body.

delhi Updated: Aug 18, 2017 17:19 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times
Delhi news,Delhi crime,Schoolgirl killed
Sarthak was quick to react when informed about Shreya’s disappearance on Wednesday evening. He immediately dialled his friends and asked them to assemble at his home to launch a search of the missing 17-year-old girl.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Eighteen-year-old Sarthak Kapoor may have allegedly killed Shreya, 17, in a fit of rage. But the way he avoided suspicion or misled investigators in hours after the killing had traces of a seasoned criminal mind, police said.

Sarthak was quick to react when informed about Shreya’s disappearance on Wednesday evening. He immediately dialled his friends and asked them to assemble at his home to launch a search of the missing 17-year-old girl.

“Sarthak had begun howling when I expressed my fears that something wrong could have happened to my daughter. But by the way he cried, I knew he was faking it and that he had a hand in my daughter’s disappearance. However, I had not imagined that he could have killed her,” said Shreya’s father, Yogesh Sharma.

“He (Sarthak) and his parents kept assuring me that they would do everything to ensure that my daughter was found. In the meanwhile, I kept praying that I was wrong in my assessment of Sarthak,” Yogesh said.

His first priority being the safe return of his daughter, Shreya’s father had decided not to involve the police for almost four-five hours after his daughter failed to return home from tuitions at her usual time.

“I never knew that he had already killed my daughter. So, I decided to scare him by saying that I would register an FIR against him if he did not reveal my girl’s whereabouts,” said Yogesh.

But when Sarthak kept insisting that he was innocent, Yogesh visited the KN Katju Marg police station late in the night, filed an FIR and told police that he suspected Sarthak. “The manner in which Sarthak was responding to questions, I could immediately say he was guilty,” said a senior investigator.

But it took the police a few more hours before they could get him to “confess”. Even after that, Sarthak did not immediately lead the police to the crime scene. He instead misled the police through various streets in Rohini Sector 17 and nearby areas before finally pointing to the spot where Shreya was lying dead.

First Published: Aug 18, 2017 11:47 IST