In a cold-blooded crime, a Delhi man murdered his girlfriend after an argument over his impending marriage to another woman, stuffed her body in a refrigerator at his dhaba, and went on with his wedding the same day, police said on Tuesday.
Accused Sahil Gehlot was arrested after the body of a woman, a resident of Haryana's Jhajjar, was found inside a fridge at a dhaba, owned by him, on the outskirts of village Mitraon in Delhi.
As per sources, the murder was committed near the Kashmiri Gate area and Gehlot then drove with the dead body to his dhaba - a distance of around 36 km.
Police, however, said that the matter is under investigation and everything will be cleared once the probe is over.
According to police, on February 10, input was received that a person named Sahil Gehlot had killed his girlfriend and married another girl on the day of the murder.
"A police team was formed and on checking, no case or complaint about any missing girl was found reported. The team reached Mitraon village in search of the accused Gehlot, but his mobile phone was found switched off and he was not present in his house. An intensive search was made in the village and nearby area," Special Commissioner of Police, Crime, Ravindra Singh Yadav said.
However, Gehlot was nabbed by police from the Kair village crossing.
"On interrogation, initially, the accused tried to mislead the police. But on sustained interrogation, he disclosed that he had killed his girlfriend, Nikki Yadav, in the intervening night of February 9 and 10 Feb and kept her dead body in a refrigerator at his dhaba in a vacant plot situated on the outskirts of village Mitraon," Yadav said.
Sahil Gehlot further disclosed that in 2018, he met the woman at a coaching center in the Uttam Nagar area of west Delhi where he had joined to prepare for SSC exams.
"At that time, Nikki was also preparing for a medical entrance examination at Akash Institute at Uttam Nagar. Both used to travel to their respective institutes daily in the same bus, and they became friends, and later on, fell in love," said the Special CP.
"The duo started meeting before and after the coaching classes. In February 2018 the accused took admitted to D. Pharma in Galgotia College at Greater Noida and she also took admission in the same college in BA (English Hons.). Thereafter, both of them started living together in Greater Noida in a rented house. They became very close to each other and also traveled to several places such as Manali, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, etc," said the official.
However, during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, they returned to their homes and after the end of the lockdown, they again started living together in a rented house in the Dwarka area.
"The accused did not inform his family members about this relationship. His family was putting pressure on him to get married to some other girl and finally in December 2022, engagement and marriage of the accused with another girl were fixed for February 9 and 10," the Special CP said.
Gehlot did not inform Nikki about his engagement or marriage plans. "Somehow she came to know about this and confronted the accused and arguments started between the two. The accused strangulated the deceased with the help of a data cable of his mobile phone kept in his car. Thereafter, he went to the dhaba owned by him and put her dead body in a refrigerator," he said, adding that Gehlot then went back to his home and solemnized his marriage with another woman.
"The dead body of Nikki was recovered from the fridge at the instance of the accused. A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered and the version disclosed by the accused is being verified during the investigation," said the official. (KB/IANS)