Dehradun/Nagpur: An otherwise peaceful city of Dehradun saw raged incident on Saturday as a 27-year-old youth clicked a selfie with his married friend and allegedly killing her in a tea estate of the state capital. Morever he also made the selfie as his display picture on WhatsApp and changed his status on the instant messaging application. In his status message, the accused used abusive words to address the woman and dropped hints on eliminating her.
On Friday evening, Ashish Kumar alias Monu, a resident of Tyagi Road, arrived in a tea estate in Prem Nagar area along with his friend identified as Gurpreet Kaur (30), on the latter’s two-wheeler. Kumar took their selfie on his mobile phone and both were about to leave when he tried to strangle her with a cloth.
Unsuccessful in the attempt, Kumar took out a sharp-edged weapon and slit Gurpreet’s neck at two places. Hearing Gurpreet’s cries for help, the locals rushed towards the victim, but by that time the accused managed to escape from the spot. Late at night, the police team found his vehicle from Sevalkala area.
Senior superintendent of police, Dehradun, Sadanand Date said, “Prima facie it appears that the two were in a relationship and Kumar was annoyed that she was friends with some other people too.”
According to the senior police official, Kumar after murdering the woman had sent message to some friends which indicated that he had eliminated the woman. “We are extremely close to cracking the case and the accused would soon be behind the bars,” he added.
Confirming that fact that Kumar had clicked a selfie with the woman and made it his display picture, Date said that the motive behind the move is yet to be identified. “Going by the developments, it appears that Kumar had prepared for the murder,” the SSP added.
He pointed out that Gurpeet was married to Gurjeet Singh for a period of five years, the couple stayed as tenants at Kumar’s residence at Tyagi Road. About two months ago, the couple had shifted to a house in Rest Camp area of Dehradun.
According to Gurjeet, Kumar had taken Rs 2 lakh from them and was reluctant to return the amount. He claimed that Kumar had been threatening his wife and it was under this pressure that the couple recently shifted to another house.