QCrime: DU Student Murder Case, Goat Jailed, and More

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A minor looking out of the window of an observation home. (Photo: Reuters)

1. DU Student Murder Case: New Bride Unknowingly Shared Room With Husband’s Murdered Ex-Girlfriend

New bride Neha Rathi, aged 21, had to spend a morning after her wedding in a room all by herself with a foul smell emanating from inside.

She had been married for only 12 hours when she found out that her husband, Naveen Khatri, has been charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Aarzoo Singh, whose body was found in a ventilation shaft of the house on February 7.

It was weird as the house did not appear to be one where a marriage has taken place. Family members spoke in hushed voices. I complained about the foul smell to them and my husband’s grandmother, Rajrani, said it may be because of a dead rat.
Neha Rathi

A police team arrived at the house and pulled out a decomposed body from the shaft. Till then, Neha had no clue that she had shared the room with a corpse, reports The Indian Express.

According to The Times of India, Delhi Police is looking for at least two men, including a labourer hired for erecting a tent, who may have helped Naveen Khatri, who had strangled his 23-year-old girlfriend Arzoo Singh Chauhan.

Police also questioned Khatri’s father Raj Kumar, who had been absconding since the incident on Tuesday.

2. Sapphire International Case: Hindi Teacher Grilled After Police Dog Leads Investigators to Her Room

The middle-aged Hindi teacher of Sapphire International School in Ranchi was questioned on Tuesday night after a police dog led investigators to her room last afternoon, The Telegraph reported.

There was no breakthrough even as a team from the national child rights panel that visited the campus today harped on abuse.

Twelve-year-old Binay Mahto was found dead outside the teachers’ quarters.

Hindi teacher Veena Jain has said that she slept through the tragedy in her first-floor quarters and woke up at least five hours after Class VII boy Binay Kumar Mahto was found in a pool of blood in the front porch of their hostel on February 5. The investigators found this statement “hard to digest”.

3. Juvenile Murderer Wants to Practice Dance in His Observation Home

A juvenile was apprehended from Faridabad on February 3 for allegedly robbing and murdering a 68-year-old woman in south Delhi’s Lodhi Colony.

According to The Indian Express, he has expressed his desires to continue his dance practices inside the observation home. This is the second time the juvenile has been sent to the home. He was apprehended along with his female partner in September 2015 for kidnapping and murdering a boy whom they used to teach dance.

He had told the police that he wanted to participate in dance talent show for which he needed money.

His request is under consideration by the authorities, said sources from the observation home.

4. Ola Driver Verbally Abuses Customer, Gets Sacked

Indian cities have a host of cab services providers who often hire commercial drivers without prior verification. Misbehaviour by cab drivers is not a new story but verbally abusing a customer because she decided to cancel her cab is not an incident any cab company would want to have to deal with.

When Bangalore-based artist and social media analyst Michelle Alvez booked an Ola cab and cancelled it after a minute, she received an abusive message from the Ola driver, The Indian Express reported.

She instantly posted a screenshot of the message on Twitter.

Ola took no time in responding and informed her that the drivers services had been terminated and advised her to block his number to avoid any backlash.

5. Bitcoin Fraud Racket Busted in New Delhi

An international syndicate of debit card cloners was busted on Tuesday by a joint force of Delhi and Mumbai police.

According to The Times of India, the money siphoned from ATM machines was converted into virtual currency ‘bitcoins’ transferred to Dubai and then distributed among the people involved in the crime.

Pankaj Bhardwaj, operations manager of a bitcoin trading firm in Delhi’s Pitampura area, was arrested on Tuesday. The crime branch is still on the trail of the suspected kingpin, Sumair Sheikh, who is believed to be based in Dubai.

Since the accused had access to crucial information related to the ATM cards, the cops also suspect a bank official’s role in the racket.

6. Alleged Juvenile Murderer’s Family Denies that He Killed His Brother

The family of the 25-year-old who was murdered in northeast Delhi on Tuesday denied claims by the police that his juvenile younger brother planned the murder with the help of two juvenile neighbours.

Police had said the victim’s brother used to perform at religious processions, dressed as godly figures.

A senior police officer said:

He has been in this profession for the past three years. To pay the juveniles Rs 20,000, he sold his costume. He combined the money he got with his savings and gave it to the two juveniles.

According to the police the juvenile wanted to avenge his brother’s brutal behavior at home. However, the sister of the juvenile said the younger brother never made so much money to be able to pay Rs 20, 000 to anybody.

Read the full story on The Indian Express.

7. Hyderabad Doctor Commits Suicide After Open Firing on His Business Partner

Dr Shashi Kumar, accused of opening fire on his business partner over a dispute, committed suicide in a farmhouse at Nakkalapally in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Dr Kumar killed himself with the same weapon, hours after the attack. His body was found with bullet injuries when the police team reached the scene.

According to Deccan Chronicle, a suicide note, purportedly written by Shashi, was recovered from the farmhouse. In the note, Kumar claimed that he had not shot Dr Uday Kumar, his business partner, and alleged that their other partner, Dr Sai Kumar, had opened fire on Uday.

“We are verifying the allegations made in the suicide note,” the Assistant Commissioner of Police said.

Read the full story on Deccan Chronicle.

8. Repeat Offender Goat Given Bail, Owner Arrested

The goat who was prosecuted for grazing in a judge’s garden in Korea, Chhattisgarh was released on Tuesday evening.

The owner, Abdul Hassan, however, was arrested under CrPC 107 & 151.

The goat named Babli was arrested on Monday and was booked under charges which could have resulted in a jail term of two to seven years and a fine.

Read the full story at The Quint.

9. Yet Another Attack on a Nigerian Youth in Hyderabad

A few days after a Nigerian student was attacked in the Tolichowki area, a Nigerian techie was attacked in Bowenpally area of Hyderabad on Monday night, Deccan Chronicle reports.

The incident occurred when the 23-year-old youth, E Sohail, working for a software firm in Begumpet, was walking home after getting down at the bus stop. When he was a few minutes away from home, two bikers came from behind and hit him on the head and neck with their hands and sped away.

As he tried to get up, the bikers came back to attack him.

I saw them and tried to escape but they abused me. In my eight years in Hyderabad, I have never faced such a situation.
E Sohail

Later, he rushed home and with the help of some of his friends, he filed a complaint with the police.

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