Mumbai: Delivery agent suspects girlfriend of cheating, stabs her 14 times

According to the police, the two were in a relationship for around three months, and the man, Salman Shaikh, 24, allegedly killed the woman, Nasrin Umar Shaikh, by stabbing her 14 times, as he suspected her of cheating on him.

mumbai Updated: Aug 01, 2018 00:45 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
Crime,Mumbai,Oval maidan
The woman’s body was found at Oval Maidan on Tuesday morning.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

The body of a 22-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds was found at Oval Maidan in Churchgate early on Tuesday.

The police have arrested a man who worked as a delivery agent with a food app for the murder.

According to the police, the two were in a relationship for around three months, and the man, Salman Shaikh, 24, allegedly killed the woman, Nasrin Umar Shaikh, by stabbing her 14 times, as he suspected her of cheating on him.

The couple, the police said, had a fight on Monday evening, but the woman’s body was found the next morning, after a passerby called the Azad Maidan police station around 6.15 am and reported it.

While the police are yet to find the murder weapon, they arrested Salman Shaikh after the woman’s family told them about their relationship, and on the basis of multiple calls he had made to them in the hours after Nasrin was killed.

“We have arrested Salman for the murder of Nasrin,” Abhishek Trimukhe, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1), confirmed.

On Tuesday morning, both Nasrin’s father, Umar Shaikh, and Salman Shaikh, reached the spot and identified the woman. Umar Shaikh told the police the family started worrying for Nasrin’s safety as she had never come home later than 10pm. Nasrin worked in a restaurant in the Fort area. “We called up Salman as we knew about their relationship, and that they would meet after work,” Umar Shaikh said. “Salman told us they had juice together at 6.30pm on Monday and till 8.30pm, they were walking in a garden at South Mumbai, after which he left her to go home. Till 12.30am, we waited but then called Salman to Mumbra from Byculla, after he repeatedly called us to find out if Nasrin had reached home,” Umar Shaikh said.

At 1am, Salman Shaikh reached Mumbra and left soon after with Nasrin’s father to register a missing persons complaint. The Mumbra police asked them to head to South Mumbai as she was last seen there. On their way to the Azad Maidan police station, Salman Shaikh pointed towards Oval Maidan as he saw police officials gathered there. “When we reached Oval Maidan, we saw Nasrin’s body covered in blood. I went into a shock,” said Umar Shaikh.

After an initial investigation, the police arrested Salman Shaikh. “We arrested him under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (murder), but are yet to recover the murder weapon, which is a knife, and the that he had worn at the time of the murder,” a police officer said. “Umar Shaikh told us he suspected Salman as he was the last person seen with Nasrin,” the officer said. Officers said the woman may have been murdered around 9pm on Monday, after which Salman Shaikh fled the scene. The police are now corroborating his movements with the help of his mobile location.

Umar Shaikh, however, said the police were not disclosing why they had arrested Salman Shaikh. “I just told the police I had met Salman three times in the past month, at a doctor’s clinic and when Nasrin had brought him home.”

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 00:44 IST