'Tarveen’s husband blames colleague'

Updated on Aug 15, 2007 03:30 AM IST

Tarveen Suri's husband Naveen Suri called up his colleague, Rachna Brahmwar, and blamed her for the attack, the police said on Tuesday, reports Vijaita Singh.

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Hindustan Times | ByVijaita Singh, New Delhi

Hours after Tarveen Suri, a former fashion design teacher, was burnt by two unidentified assailants at her Greater Kailash house on Saturday night, her husband Naveen Suri called up his colleague, Rachna Brahmwar, and blamed her for the attack, the police said on Tuesday.

Tarveen’s family, too, has alleged that Rachna was behind the attack.

On August 11, the day Tarveen was attacked, Naveen, who was in Goa, had called up Rachna on her mobile phone (9871199065) at 11.09 p.m while she was in Ravipuram, Kochi. He made the call from his mobile phone (9810188908), the police said. “Their conversation lasted 35 seconds, and Naveen abused Rachna and held her responsible for the attack,” said a senior police officer.

The police said Naveen, who left for Goa on August 5, had secured a new mobile phone number (9881639536) to talk to Rachna. “They used to talk for more than an hour on a regular basis, mostly during the night hours,” said the officer.

The mobile phone records of both Naveen and Rachna have also established that they were in Goa and Kochi when Tarveen was attacked. The police said they have not yet given a clean chit to Naveen. He was being interrogated at the C.R. Park police station till Tuesday evening.

“Rachna told us that it was Naveen who had offered to settle down with her. He also told her that he can separate from his wife,” said the officer.

Rachna said she neither made any threat calls to Tarveen nor plan the attack. Rachna, separated from her husband while in New York, came to India last year. She met Naveen at their office in Gurgaon. Both worked for the same tour agency.

On Monday, Tarveen, who is still critical at the Safdarjung Hospital with 80 per cent burn injuries, did a turnaround. She gave a statement before the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, saying she did not suspect it (the attack) to be Rachna’s handiwork. Tarveen also said that she had never seen the assailants before. The police have neither recovered any bottle of kerosene nor matchsticks from the crime scene.

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