Boutique owner arrested for murdering live-in partner

Boutique owner arrested for murdering live-in partner
New Delhi: A boutique owner and her brother were arrested for allegedly battering to death her live-in partner after he objected to her friendship with another man, police said on Saturday.

Shehnaz (35) allegedly assaulted Rajesh Gupta with a cricket stump after an argument on October 5 while they were consuming alcohol at their Rohini residence and later her two brothers helped her in disposing his body.

Shehnaz has been living with Gupta for the past two years after she got separated from her husband.

Shehnaz and and her brother Shakeel (27) were arrested on Friday while another brother Shahid is absconding.

Providing details about the investigations, a senior police official said, Shakeel was the first to be questioned as investigators received inputs that he could be behind the disappearance of Gupta.

"Shehnaz herself had approached police and reported that Gupta was missing since October 5. We questioned Shahid as he had previous criminal records," the official said.

During questioning, the official said, Shahid denied any involvement in the incident and told police he was not even in good terms with his sister.

However, police kept a watch on him as there were inputs that he could be behind Gupta's disappearance.

"A source informed that they were planning to go underground as police had got an idea of their deeds," the official said.

The duo were picked for questioning from near Rithala Metro station when they were planning to flee from the capital and were interrogated separately during which they allegedly confessed to murdering Gupta.

"Shehnaz told us that she left her previous husband and started living with Gupta for the past two years. Recently, she developed friendship with one Raees to which Gupta used to object. She wanted to get rid of Gupta and on the night of October 5, the couple entered into an argument after consuming alcohol. She assaulted Gupta with a cricket wicket till he died," the official said.

She then called her brothers, Shahid and Shakeel who helped her in disposing off the body. They disposed the body in a public toilet sewage tank in Rohini, Sector-26.

"This, as per them, would have been the safest place for disposal of the body due to the reason that would anyone discover the body, nor the smell of decomposing body alert anyone," the official said.