Ex-national boxer killed in Noida: Woman killed Mann to prove loyalty to other ‘lover’, say cops
The police said that Mann was in a relationship with Gupta, who was in a relationship with Imran for the last three years. Mann’s friends at the gym informed the police that Mann was dating a girl who he had met in the gym in 2017.Updated: Jan 22, 2018 21:43 IST
Srishti Gupta, who allegedly shot dead national boxer Jitendra Mann in his flat on January 10, did so in order to prove her love for long-time boyfriend Imran and to show that she was not emotionally attached to Mann, the police said.
It is suspected that Imran motivated Gupta to murder the boxer because he wanted to get rid of her and also wanted Mann dead.
The police said that Mann was in a relationship with Gupta, who was in a relationship with Imran for the last three years.
Mann’s friends at the gym informed the police that Mann was dating a woman who he had met in the gym in 2017.
Imran is financially well off and runs a successful meat business in Bulandshahr, the police said.
“Gupta was convinced by Imran to murder Mann and prove her loyalty to him. He told her that if she wants him to believe her that she wasn’t attached to the boxer, she will have to kill him and she agreed to it. As per the preliminary investigation, it looks like Imran wanted to get rid of Gupta and also wanted Mann dead as he was having an affair with his girlfriend,” Amit Kumar Shrivastava, circle officer, Greater Noida-1, said.
According to the police, Gupta lived in a rented apartment in Unitech Horizon society of Greater Noida and Imran used to pay the rent. “Imran used to take care of Gupta’s expenses and paid her flat rent as well. He also used to give Gupta ₹50,000 every month for her expenses. They were in a relationship but not many people were aware of it as Imran always kept it a secret from his family,” Shrivastava said.
Gupta had a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and used to work with a real estate firm but left that job a year ago, the police said.
The woman told the police that Mann had shot a video of her in a compromising position during one of her visits to his residence. “She claimed that Mann mixed sedatives in her coffee and made a video of her in a compromising position when she was unconscious. She also claimed that Mann was blackmailing her,” Suniti, superintendent of police (rural), said.
The police said that Gupta played an active role in planning the crime as she gave several suggestions to Imran on how to avoid police scrutiny.
“Gupta told Imran that she will use gloves to avoid leaving a fingerprint at Mann’s place. She is the one who suggested that she shouldn’t take a cab to reach Mann’s place on the day of the murder, as it could be traced. She took an auto to reach his place,” Suniti said.
The police suspect that Imran is involved with other women as well, due to his strong financial background. The police said they have in possession recordings of phone calls between Gupta and Imran, in which they can be clearly heard hatching the murder plan.
First Published: Jan 18, 2018 22:06 IST