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Chandigarh: Woman killed after ‘fall’ from auto, husband suspects murder

A 25-year-old woman, Rajni, was killed, after she reportedly falling from an auto-rickshaw under mysterious circumstances on the stretch from Tribune Chowk to the Hallo Majra Chowk (Poultry Chowk) on Monday late night. The auto driver fled the spot.

punjab Updated: Mar 22, 2017 14:29 IST
Nikhil Sharma
The deceased, Rajni, was residing in Behlana, Chandigarh with her husband Erric Masih (26), a taxi driver, and her in-laws. She worked as a sales girl at Tanishq jewellery store in Phase 3B1, SAS Nagar.
The deceased, Rajni, was residing in Behlana, Chandigarh with her husband Erric Masih (26), a taxi driver, and her in-laws. She worked as a sales girl at Tanishq jewellery store in Phase 3B1, SAS Nagar.(HT File Photo)

A 25-year-old woman, Rajni, was killed, after she reportedly falling from an auto-rickshaw under mysterious circumstances on the stretch from Tribune Chowk to the Hallo Majra Chowk (Poultry Chowk) on Monday late night. The auto driver fled the spot.

The deceased was residing in Behlana, Chandigarh with her husband Erric Masih (26), a taxi driver, and her in-laws. She worked as a sales girl at Tanishq jewellery store in Phase 3B1, SAS Nagar.

Police said that Rajni was dropped at Sector 45 by her friend on a scooter from where she used to board an auto to go home.

Police said that a passerby did inform the auto driver that a woman had fallen from the vehicle, but he did not stop.

She sustained critical head injuries and was rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32), where doctors declared her brought dead.

The police have started investigation by questioning auto drivers who ply regularly on the same stretch.

“We are trying to identify the driver. The post-mortem of the deceased has been conducted and the report is awaited. The possibility that there were two men in the auto cannot be ruled out. We are investigating all possible angles,” said a senior police officer from Sector-31 police station.

A case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) has been registered at Sector-31 police station.

WITNESS EMERGES, SAYS SAW WOMAN BEING PUSHED OUT OF AUTO
  • By late evening on Tuesday, an auto driver, Sonu, of Deep Complex, Hallo Majra, emerged who claimed to be a witness to Rajni being thrown out of the auto. Sonu stays near the deceased’s parents in the area. “I saw the woman being pushed out of the auto, but I was far so could not note the registration number,” sai Sonu.
POST-MORTEM TO REVEAL MORE: POLICE
  • Reacting to the new development, Sector-31 SHO Jaswinder Kaur, said, “The post-mortem will reveal the nature of injuries and give a definitive direction to the case. We are investigating.”

HUSBAND CRIES FOUL

Rajni’s husband, Erric has refused to buy the police theory that it was accident and his wife fell from the auto.

Erric said, “Blood was found away from the divider, which means her head didn’t bang against it. There was no turn near the spot which means the driver didn’t lose balance of the vehicle and had to drive on the straight wide stretch. My wife was definitely pushed out of the vehicle.”

He claimed the cameras installed near Tribune Chowk could not record any footage of the auto.

“The administration has installed a huge number of cameras in the city, but how many are functional?” said Erric.

The police have countered this by saying that they are unable to go back in the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage and see the footage as of now.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Erric said, “We both talked over the phone around 7.45pm and she asked me to pick her up from Sector 45. Since I was at the IT Park, I told her to take an auto. She never reached home.”

When contacted, Sector-31 SHO Jaswant Kaur said, “We have registered a case, but are waiting for the post-mortem report before we can decide on the next course of action. Investigation is on.”

POST-MORTEM TO REVEAL MORE: POLICE
  • Reacting to the new development, Sector-31 SHO Jaswinder Kaur, said, “The post-mortem will reveal the nature of injuries and give a definitive direction to the case. We are investigating.”

Witness emerges, says saw woman being pushed out of auto

By late evening on Tuesday, an auto driver, Sonu, of Deep Complex, Hallo Majra, emerged who claimed to be a witness to Rajni being thrown out of the auto. Sonu stays near the deceased’s parents in the area. “I saw the woman being pushed out of the auto, but I was far so could not note the registration number,” sai Sonu.