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Pregnant assistant bank manager murdered, body dumped in jungle

The husband’s activities were suspicious since the beginning, as he did not inform police about his wife’s disappearance when she did not return late night.

lucknow Updated: Dec 18, 2014 14:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The body of a 30-yearold assistant bank manager was found in a jungle near army firing range in Razman Bazaar locality here on Wednesday.

The police said the deceased, Ritu Srivastava, had been strangled to death with her scarf that was recovered from the crime scene.

Ritu was posted as assistant manager at Nainital Bank’s branch on Nadan Mahal road in Chowk for the past 18 months. She was six months pregnant and went missing on Tuesday evening when she left the bank for her home in Sector D, LDA Colony.

Her colleagues told cops that Ritu used to leave the office at around 6 pm and reach Barabirwa crossing in a tempo. Her younger brother Sahil Srivastava, who stayed with her, used to pick her up from there. Even on Tuesday, she boarded the tempo from Rakabganj to Charbagh but went missing since then.

Circle Officer (CO), Cantt, Babita Singh said on Wednesday morning some locals informed the police about the body, that was later identified by Ritu’s husband Pawan Tiwari, who is unemployed, and Sahil, a Class 12 student. Singh said the body has been sent for post-mortem examination and the suspected murder weapon was recovered at some distance from the body.

She further said the assailants apparently took away her belongings in a bid to conceal her identity. Ritu’s purse and a bag containing bank keys and mobile phone was also missing. Initial probe indicated that someone completely trusted by assistant bank manager Ritu Srivastava, whose body was found in cantonment on Wednesday, was behind her murder. Police said around 30 lakh deposited in her bank account seemed to have motivated the killer.

Circle officer (CO) cantonment Babita Singh said the assailants seemed to have been familiar with the deceased woman and three suspects, including her husband Pawan Tiwari, had been taken into custody for further quizzing.

“The husband’s activities were suspicious since the beginning, as he did not inform police about his wife’s disappearance when she did not return late night. He only called the police control room about her disappearance on Wednesday, when Ritu’s colleagues started searching for her, as she had the bank keys,” said a senior official of the crime branch supervising the investigation team.

The official said the husband’s account was contradictory, as he claimed he got to know of his wife’s disappearance when he returned late in the evening, and then started searching for her. He claimed he was busy on Tuesday afternoon arranging things for a trip to Dehradun for some work. However, Ritu’s brother Sahil Srivastava claimed she had told him that Tiwari himself had come to pick her up in Charbagh.

The cop said crime branch teams were crosschecking some information given by the deceased’s husband and two others suspects. “We have some crucial clues and the case should be worked out by Thursday morning,” he added.

First Published: Dec 18, 2014 14:33 IST