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QCrime: Woman Murders Tinder Date; 5-Year-Old Raped by Minor

Here’s a round-up of the top crime stories.

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1. Jaipur Woman Murders Tinder Date

When a 29-year-old man from Jaipur swiped right on the profile of a woman on Tinder, he would not have expected to end up dead days later — chopped up into pieces and stuffed in a suitcase.

The man, Dushyant Sharma, was held captive by 27-year-old Priya Seth, her boyfriend and a friend at a rented flat in Bajaj Nagar last week with the motive to extort money, according to the police.

On 2 May, Seth allegedly invited Sharma to her flat and asked him to pay Rs 10 lakh. The police said Sharma appears to have misrepresented his details on the dating app. The profile said his name was Vivan Kohli, a Delhi resident who earned crores of rupees every month.“Seth got friendly with him with an intention of robbing him because he appeared wealthy,” said an officer interrogating the three at the Jhotwara police station, where they are in police custody until 11 May after being arrested last Friday.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. Man Murders Wife Within 9 Days of Marriage

Wearing a maroon lehenga, 23-year-old Pinki Giri disarmed everyone with her smile as her face glinted in the flashes of cameras and dazzling disco lights. It was 26 April, her wedding day, as she sat gleaming beside her groom, Ravikant Giri, 30. She was happy, thinking that it would be a turning point of her life. She was right, indeed.

On the night of Friday, 4 May, just over a week later, Pinki was found murdered in Meerut, in a bright blue sari gifted to her by her parents as part of the wedding gift.

She was shot point blank by her husband, who later tried to pass it off as a robbery. According to the father of Pinki, her husband and in-laws were demanding Rs 15 lakh dowry which they were unable to pay. It led to the murder, they alleged.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Woman Arrested for Swiping Money From Cop’s Missing Debit Card

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing Rs 49,000 from a policeman’s bank account after she found his missing wallet with his debit card inside. The woman, a resident of Mankhurd, was arrested with a help of CCTV footage from ATM kiosks across the city.

The accused has been identified as Sophia Shaikh, a housewife. She stays in Mankhurd with her family.

On 10 April, policeman Sanjay Kunchikorve, attached to the Shahu Nagar police station in Mahim, returned to the station after a bandobast duty and realised that his wallet was missing. The same evening, he received messages on his phone that Rs 49,000 had been withdrawn from his bank account.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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4. 5-Yr-Old Girl ‘Raped’ by Minor Neighbour in Mumbai

Nearly two months after a five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an 11-year-old, the incident came to light on Sunday, 7 May, after a fight broke out between the girl’s family and that of the 11-year-old in Deonar.

Both families are related and live in the same neighbourhood. As per police, the families decided to not report the rape after the family of the 11-year-old boy agreed to foot the medical expenses of the girl. However, after a fight broke out between the two sides on Sunday, they approached the police and the incident came to light. The Deonar police have filed cross-complaints in the matter.

Following the two FIRs, the police arrested 12 persons in this connection, besides the 11-year-old accused of rape. A senior officer said the incident took place on 1 March.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. Constable Killed by Sand Mafia

A special branch constable was brutally murdered by the sand mafia near Nanguneri in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu in the early hours of Monday, 7 May, after he tried to arrest them when they were illegally lifting sand from the Nambiyar riverbed.

The police said the constable, Jagadish Durai, 33, after being alerted by an informer about sand mining at Puducherry, a small hamlet on the Nambiyar riverbed, in the early hours of Monday, went to the spot on his two-wheeler.

When the sand miners tried to escape with the quarried sand in a tractor, the young constable chased them for about a kilometre, police said.

After the axle of the tractor snapped and the sand-laden vehicle came to a halt, Durai is said to have asked the trio to surrender. However, they attacked him with iron rods and crowbars. Having sustained grievous head injuries, he died on the spot.

(Source: The Hindu)

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6. Court Acquits Man in Rape Case as Victim Turns Hostile

A Delhi court has acquitted a man in a rape case as the victim in her trial statement said that by “physical relation I mean to say that accused used to hug and kiss me.’’

The victim, in her complaint, alleged that the accused had forcibly sexually assaulted her inside his home. The victim said the accused had invited her to discuss marriage.

Earlier, the victim and her husband had got divorced after the accused called him and said that he wanted to marry the victim. Later, the accused, according to the complaint, refused to marry her.

Thereafter, the victim went to the Mangolpuri police station in north-west Delhi and lodged a sexual assault case against him on 7 March 2016.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Fashion Designer Found Murdered in Hotel Room

A 28-year-old aspiring fashion designer, Arpit Dixit of Shahjahanpur district, was found murdered in a hotel in Qaiserbagh police area in Lucknow on Sunday, 7 May.

The deceased and his friend, a teacher at a polytechnic college in Bahraich, had checked into the hotel room on 3 May. The teacher is missing and is a prime suspect in the murder, police said.

According to the police, the house keeping staff of the hotel reported that the guests in room number 203 were not responding to calls and a ‘Do Not Disturb’ slip was pasted on the room’s door on Sunday afternoon. The hotel staff then called the police control room when foul smell started emanating from the room.

When the police reached the spot, they found Dixit’s body in a decomposed condition. The body was sent for post-mortem which confirmed strangulation.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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8. South Mumbai Woman Murdered by Colleagues

Siddhesh Tamhankar and Khushi Sahjwani, arrested by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Saturday, 5 May, in connection with the alleged murder of 27-year-old Kirti Vyas, wanted to dump her body in the Bandra creek. But finding many vehicles at the spot, they dumped the body at a nullah in Wadala, police said on Monday, 7 May, adding that both have confessed to the murder.

Vyas had gone missing from near her home in south Mumbai on 16 March. Two of her colleagues at celebrity salon chain BBlunt, Tamhankar (28) and Sahjwani (42), have been arrested on charges of murdering her and disposing of the body.

The search for Vyas’s body, meanwhile, has made no headway. Police said all efforts are being made to find the body of Vyas, finance manager at BBlunt’s Andheri (West) branch.

(Source: The Indian Express)

9. Two Killed in Robbery Attempt in Meerut

Two persons were killed in a robbery attempt on Monday, 7 May, in Mahaveerji Nagar locality in Meerut, said police.

Among those killed is a Ghaziabad hotelier, the intended target of the robbery, and a man who was allegedly among those who attempted to rob him. Police said 32-year-old Honey Sapra, a resident of Ghaziabad’s Nehru Nagar, was in town to collect money owed to him when he was attacked by motorcycle-borne men.

When he resisted, one robber fired twice. One hit Sapra in the chest and the other accidentally hit one of their accomplices in the head.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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