A man was arrested for killing his live-in partner, stuffing her body inside a fridge of his dhaba in southwest Delhi, and marrying another woman on the same day, according to the Delhi police.
The Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested the man, Sahil Gehlot (24), a recent pharma graduate whose family runs a dhaba at Mitraon village. As per the police, the woman, Nikki Yadav (24), and the accused started dating in 2018 and were living in Dwarka.
The incident came to light on Valentine’s Day and it was on the instance of the accused that the 23-year-old woman’s body was recovered on Tuesday morning from the refrigerator, officials said. They were in a relationship for a few years. The police said that Sahil killed the victim and married another girl on the same day. The incident took place on the intervening night of February 9 and 10.
“We received information from a man who said he had not seen the woman for some time. He suspected something had happened to her as the accused had left home and married someone else,” said an officer of Delhi police. Police said the accused had hidden the fact from his girlfriend Nikki Yadav that his marriage was fixed with another woman. When Nikki came to know about his wedding, she had a heated argument with the accused which led to her murder, they said.
When the victim confronted the accused about his marriage, he killed her using the data cable of his mobile phone in his car and then kept her body in a refrigerator at his dhaba, a senior police officer said.
“In February 2018 the accused took admission in D Pharma in Galgotiya College at Greater Noida and the deceased 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 travelled to several places such as Manali, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun etc,” the police said after investigating the accused.
According to a report of the Indian Express, police said Gehlot “panicked” and roamed the area for hours as he didn’t know what to do. Around 4-5 am, he reached his dhaba and allegedly decided to hide the body inside the fridge. During questioning, he told police the dhaba was shut because of his wedding and the fridge wasn’t working. He then led the police to the body, which has since been sent for a post-mortem. Police also seized the car, a Hyundai Verna, which was used by the accused at the time of the offence.
The accused did not inform his family members about this relationship with the victim. His family was pressuring him to get married with some other woman and finally in December 2022, his engagement and marriage were fixed with another woman for February 9 and 10, 2023 respectively. A case under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of an offence committed, or giving false information to screen offender) has been registered at Baba Haridas Nagar police station.