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Vikas confesses to killing Katara

The bone of contention between the two was a love affair between Nitish Katara and sister of Vikas, Bharti.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 18:57 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

The high profile Nitish Katara murder case took a new turn Sunday when a news channel aired confessional statement of Vikas Yadav, the main accused in the case.

In his confession statement before the police in the case, Yadav had admitted that he had first hit Katara with a hammer on his head and later burnt his body, the NDTV news channel claimed.

Yadav, son of former Rajya Sabha MP DP Yadav, is also one of the accused in the murder of model Jessica Lall.

Katara was murdered in February 2001. The bone of contention between the two was the ongoing love affair between Katara and Bharti, sister of Yadav.

"The affair brought bad name to the family," Yadav confessed in the statement.

The murder took place five years ago and an investigating officer recorded the statement soon after the crime.

The report said that the statement could not be used as evidence in the court as no magistrate was present when it were made.

According to the confession, Yadav and his cousin Vishal lured Katara from a wedding dinner in Ghaziabad and hit him with a hammer inside their Tata Safari car after a midnight drive before burning his body with diesel taken out from the car.

Yadav said Katara had fainted shortly after being hit on the head and soon died.

According to the statement, Yadav had led to locations and objects involved in the crime. His lawyer had also signed the disclosure statement, which makes it extremely important to the investigation.

Meanwhile, even after five years of the incident and several court hearings, the key witness Bharti Yadav is absconding despite court summons, non-bailable warrants and her passport being revoked.

In a recent court proceeding, Bharti's father had told the court that he was unaware of her whereabouts.

According to the police, Bharti had left for London soon after the murder.

First Published: May 28, 2006 17:27 IST

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