Accused in Alka murder commits suicide
THE ACCUSED in Alka Barsagre murder case, Lalit Kundi (23), committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of Hotel Prashant near Navlakha on Wednesday night. Lalit, a resident of Meerut, had come here along with a relative to surrender before the police, but seems to have changed his mind at the last moment and hanged himself after writing a five page suicide note.india Updated: Nov 03, 2006 15:05 IST
THE ACCUSED in Alka Barsagre murder case, Lalit Kundi (23), committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of Hotel Prashant near Navlakha on Wednesday night. Lalit, a resident of Meerut, had come here along with a relative to surrender before the police, but seems to have changed his mind at the last moment and hanged himself after writing a five page suicide note.
Before hanging himself, he had consumed liquor and around 30 intoxicating tablets. With his death, perhaps the exact circumstances that led to the murder of Alka will never come out.
Late on Wednesday, Bhanwarkuan police recovered the body of Lalit from Room No 312 of Hotel Prashant. Police were treating it as a routine suicide, but when they read the suicide note, they came to realise that the deceased was none other than Alka’s killer.
Though police did not disclose why they were convinced that Lalit was the killer, area CSP Jitendra Singh who is investigating the case said, “We had certain solid proof of his involvement and we had asked him to come and clarify the questions that had been raised by us.” Lalit has not been charged with Alka’s murder.
In his five-page suicide note (A4 size sheet), Lalit asked for forgiveness from God for the wrong things he had done. He also asked for forgiveness from his mother, father and other relatives, saying that he had given them a lot of trouble during their life and had embarrassed them no end. Lalit had come to surrender before Indore police due to the pressure they had exerted on his family.
Indore police had officially written to Lalit’s father in Meerut asking him to produce his son as they suspected his involvement in the murder. Lalit’s father had said he did not know the whereabouts of his son. However, later Lalit had decided to surrender, and he was to accompany one of his relatives to the police station on Thursday.
While Lalit had boarded a train from Delhi, his relatives took a train from Meerut. They had talked over mobile after boarding their respective trains and also when they reached Indore. However, Lalit said that he was in a hotel in Rau, at which the relative said that they would meet the next morning, arrange for a lawyer and then go to the police station. But, then Lalit changed his mind and ended his life.
The murder case
ALKA HAD been found murdered in her flat - No 203, Geetanjali Apartment, Scheme No 54, by her relatives on August 27. She had been dead for more than 48 hours. She was naked and had been strangulated with a wire. The murderer had taken her mobile, laptop and also her two-wheeler (a Honda Activa).
Alka’s husband, Hemant, a software engineer, had left for USA on August 25 and police believe that she was killed within hours of her husband leaving. The murder had sent shockwaves in the City since it had occurred in an upper-middleclass locality and also due to the mystery surrounding it. Police probed all the angles before they became convinced that Lalit was the killer. Lalit and Alka knew each other before the latter’s marriage.
Alka and Hemant had been married one and half years before her murder. While Alka’s parents were agreeable to the marriage, Hemant’s parents were against it. They had not come for the wedding and neither did they come to see the body.