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2 held for aspiring airhostess’ murder

Police arrest a 23-year-old man and his cousin for stabbing to death Shashi Roy. Vijaita Singh reports.
Hindustan Times | By Vijaita Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2008 01:28 AM IST

Police arrested a 23-year-old man and his cousin for stabbing to death Shashi Roy, an aspiring airhostess from Jaipur, at a guesthouse in Hazrat Nizammuddin in South Delhi a couple of days ago. Police said the accused Ashish Nandwana, a friend of Shashi, lured her to Delhi on the pretext of an interview and he had pre-planned the murder. Ashish was enraged with Shashi as she had spurned his proposal to marry him and was a regular on the party circuit in Jaipur, much to his displeasure. He decided to kill her as he felt that Shashi was cheating on him.

Police said Shashi was attacked with a knife the accused had brought from Jaipur. “On Saturday morning, the couple had a fight within hours after they checked in at the Central Guesthouse in Nizamuddin. Ashish took out the knife and stabbed so hard on her neck her vocal cord was damaged. After that Ashish stabbed her in the abdomen and she lost consciousness,” said HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (south).

His cousin Manoj who was staying in the adjacent room along with his friend Savita Gupta, also an aspiring airhostess, rushed to the room after he realized something was amiss. The four of them had come to Delhi in an Indica car driven by Ashish.

“When Manoj entered the room, he saw blood splattered all over and Shashi losing consciousness. The duo panicked and poured water on her to make it look an accident. They wrapped her in a bedsheet and took her to the nearby Sahi Hospital for treatment. They informed the hospital staff and the guesthouse staff that she had inflicted injuries on her own. Before sneaking out of the hospital they even arranged a unit of blood for the victim,” said the officer.

Shashi, a native of Ranchi, had shifted to Jaipur more than a year ago. She had completed her airhostess training from Frankfinn Institute in Jaipur in February and was planning to shift to Delhi permanently.

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